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MBI Staff Transform NCHC Pediatric Dental Suite

In the fall of 2018, on a site visit with the team from MBI,Inc., Betty Cordellos, Director of Development and Communications at Norwalk Community Health Center, shared that her staff would love to do something to make their newly renovated pediatric dental suite more kid friendly. The MBI team jumped on board instantly. In addition to having a very artistic staff, they were already committed to donate and volunteer at NCHC’s Thanksgiving Drive and Holiday Party. This was just another way they could offer support to an organization that they believed in.

On August 1st, the team of volunteers began the project that would take 3 months to complete. They broke into small groups and visited NCHC several times a week to work on the mural. After countless hours of painting, the mural was completed in late October. The staff at NCHC was blown away by the final outcome, that began at the beginning of the year with preliminary design discussions and the choice of an animal theme that include calm and vibrant colors. Betty Cordellos raved “They are magicians. They turned a boring beige space into a fantastic pediatric dental room that kids actually enjoy visiting!. It’s been a beautiful partnership for us and we can’t thank them enough.”

Volunteer Spotlight On Steve Sweeney

At Volunteer Square, we love to recognize exceptional individuals that donate their time and energy to nonprofit organizations across Fairfield County. These volunteers make a true impact in the lives of others.

November is Hospice Month and we are thrilled to feature story written by Alice Mulligan, Director of Marketing and Development at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, highlighting one of their extraordinary volunteers.

Steve Sweeney of Wilton believes in giving back to his community. The married father of three is a retired CPA and now serves as a Patient Care Volunteer with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

Steve is warm, personable and a lively conversationalist. In recent years, he visited with several friends who were terminally ill. He realized that by visiting his friends at their time of greatest need, he was able to ease their distress and bring them comfort. The experience changed him and after that, his wife encouraged him to become a hospice volunteer.

For the last five years, Steve has been visiting regularly with patients of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and it has been a profoundly rewarding experience.

“Patients can talk to a volunteer in a way that they can’t necessarily talk to their loved ones,” said Steve. “Sometimes patients tell me things that they are reluctant to discuss with their families so as not to pain or burden them. They are free to tell me anything – I am there to listen with an open heart.”

Financial Accounting Foundation Gives Back To The Community

Over the last few weeks of September employees from Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), Financial Accounting Standards Board(FASB), and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) were busy volunteering and collecting items in their office for two different non-profit agencies in Norwalk, CT.

On Friday, September 20th, volunteers from FAF, FASB, and GASB spent the afternoon with the clients at ElderHouse visiting, sharing snacks, and playing beach bingo. ElderHouse is a not-for-profit adult day center that serves seniors in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Part of the senior community for over 40 years, they help older adults to remain living in their own homes, and delivering peace of mind to caregivers. It's a safe, active and caring place where seniors can spend their days socializing with friends, participating in activities, enjoy breakfast and lunch, and receive affordable, high-quality care. To learn more about ElderHousevisit their website

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Volunteer Square Launches 7th Annual High School Essay Contest

Volunteer Square is thrilled to announce the 7th Annual High School Essay Contest. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to share "Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important?" Each year this contest yields a record number of submissions from towns across Connecticut. This year, the hope is to expand the reach through the state by promoting the contest during the month of October with stories, tips, and highlights about teen volunteering. We will even share essays from past winners, with the goal of inspiring young people to get involved in their communities!  7th Annual Essay Contest.jpg

The rules are simple and the prizes are awesome. To enter the contest, tell us, in 500 words or less, "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?" To be eligible to participate you must be a high school student, ages 13 to 21 years old. The contest is open to all Connecticut public and private high schools. Essays will ONLY be accepted Friday, November 1, 2019, through Friday, November 8, 2019. To submit your essay, email it to essays@volunteersquare.com. Important note: essays received before or after these dates will not be considered.

Become A Volunteer Square Intern

In an effort to expand opportunities for teenagers and build stronger volunteer communities in Fairfield County, the Volunteer Squareinternship provides training and experience with digital marketing, social media, website maintenance, and community relations for high school school students across Connecticut.

Since the program began in the fall of 2016, we've welcomed 39 interns from 17 towns. As volunteer ambassadors in their schools, area towns, and their peer groups, the high school interns are crucial to our organization and without their project coordination and volunteer recruitment, we would not be able to make such a large impact in Connecticut communities.

Interns create content and manage the Town Pages on our website. These pages are a way for the interns to be the voice of their community. They include information about upcoming events, stories and pictures from past events to encourage peer groups and family members to get involved.

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