Volunteer Spotlight – BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon has been volunteering at HEARTH for many years! Today we have a Q&A feature with several volunteers from their team. Special event volunteers are crucial to HEARTH’s success! If you are interested in getting involved in the new year, please contact Morgan Ceschini at mlceschini@hearth-bp.org

“I am Elysa and I started volunteering for the HEARTH Art of Wine and Food event in 2014 as a member of the BNY Mellon volunteer team.  I was inspired by the stories of the women in the program.  In 2015, I started leading the BNY Mellon team and coordinating and acting as the liaison between HEARTH and BNY Mellon.  We have grown the team each year for this event from 13 volunteers my first year to over 30 in 2019.

Any organization that helps people become the best version of themselves inspires me.  I believe volunteering is the best way for personal growth as well and I encourage my fellow colleagues and friends to find a cause they care about.”

How does your organization work with HEARTH?

We have volunteered for HEARTH’s signature event “The Art of Wine and Food for at least 6 years.  We also have a team that participated in the Tees and Traps event over the summer.

What makes this volunteer experience meaningful?

Tracey: When I found out what HEARTH represents, it was imperative to me to be a part of an organization that helps survivors of domestic violence.  This cause is very personal to me and I want to ensure that I give back and help in any way I can.

Nerina: I liked knowing I was in the presence of kindhearted individuals that found this cause worthwhile. I feel like I played a small part in ensuring generous donors continue to support HEARTH.

What is the biggest personal benefit you feel volunteers receive?

Tracey: Being able to share your time and assistance to something that is bigger than you.  To be a part of the greater good!

What is the most memorable moment or accomplishment of your volunteer experience?

Tracey: The faces of those that need the assistance and the smile you can bring to someone face when they are at a low point in their life and give them hope.

Nerina: Being a willing hand on deck to help the HEARTH volunteers run a smooth operations was a very satisfying feeling. I also really enjoyed having a chance to try good food, drinks and meet some co-workers I’ve not met before!