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The Bronx Volunteer Coalition’s Volunteer of the Year Awards were covered in the Bronx Chronicle by our keynote speaker, “I Love the Bronx” columnist and super-volunteer Nilka Martell.

Held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the event was attended by nearly 100 Bronxites.

Volunteers in four categories were acknowledged: “Young Volunteer Leader”; “Neighborhood Impact”; “Lifetime Volunteer Service”; and “Organized Volunteer Impact”. Seventeen individuals and seven groups were honored, and the online voting received over 6,700 votes.

The Bronx has come a long way. For decades, the initiatives of volunteers have largely responsible for the restoration and revitalization of the Bronx.

To read more, please visit the Bronx Chronicle’s website.

The BronxNet television show BronxTalk focuses on public issues in the Bronx in a talk show format.  After our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event, the Bronx Volunteer Coalition got some press during an interview with one of our member agencies, Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC.  You can watch the video on the BronxNet website.


The Bronx Volunteer Coalition’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Literacy Event was the subject of an article in the Bronx Chronicle.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr, spoke to the over 5o participants at the event about the importance of volunteer work and mentoring programs. He commended the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and presented them with a proclamation recognizing January 2014 “NYC Mentoring Month in the Bronx”.

Kevin Dunn conducted an interactive puzzle workshop in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barhynn Johnson, Corporate and Individual Volunteers Coordinator at LiteracyINC, read “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport.

To read more, please visit the Bronx Chronicle’s website.

Contact: Marlon Molina – 917-312-5395
Samara Weiss – 646-274-6035, ext. 112

Bronx Volunteer Coalition and Bronx Museum of the Arts seek entries for a May 2013 exhibition highlighting volunteer-driven projects which have benefited the Bronx.

The Bronx Volunteer Coalition (BxVC) is a member-led coalition of Bronx organizations with a mission to increase volunteerism in the Bronx through information-sharing and collaboration among member organizations while acting as a hub for Bronx residents to give back to their community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, a city-wide one-to-one mentoring organization has taken a lead role in the BxVC. “We are currently facing what we call a mentoring gap in the Bronx, where 29% of the children we serve reside in the Bronx, but just 5% of our mentors do. The Bronx Volunteer Coalition is going to help us close this gap,” says Michael Coughlin, Chief Quality Assurance Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and a founding member of the Coalition.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, a member of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition, will host an exhibition to showcase the impact of Bronx volunteers in their communities. This will coincide with Bronx Week 2013 celebrations.

For the exhibition, community members are invited to share their stories of the difference volunteers have made in their neighborhoods for inclusion in the exhibit. Bronx artist and curator Jose Antonio Ojeda will review entries and follow up with submitted stories to create a show which creatively reveals the power of volunteerism in the Bronx. Information on the submissions procedure can be found at

“Thousands of volunteers contribute to hundreds of organizations throughout the Bronx. Their work has a profound effect on the lives of many Bronxites. We want to celebrate their contribution and achievement,” says Marlon Molina, a founding member of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition.

Long-time Bronx volunteer and another founding member of the coalition, Iris Ramirez says, “Volunteering in my community has been a rewarding experience – improving the lives of Bronx residents and changing my life in a positive way. I’m grateful that my contributions and the contributions of my fellow volunteers will be acknowledged and hope that many more people can join us to help uplift the Bronx.”

On the BronxNet talkshow OPEN, Leadership Team member Iris Ramirez took some time on the occasion of our launch to discuss the Bronx Volunteer Coalition and our work.

The Bronx Times interviews Leadership Committee member Marlon Molina in the context of his work in the early days of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition.

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