Volunteering: why it’s important to our employees

Our team at the Partnership is extremely committed to the success of the Buffalo Niagara region. Not only does it show in their day-to-day work, but also in how they spend their free time.

We want to share their work as a way to showcase our community involvement and let you know of the additional ways, outside of the office, that you can connect with our staff on a personal level:

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Elizabeth Callahan

Elizabeth Callahan, Workforce Development Manager: serves on the board for Journey’s End.

“My time on the Journey’s End Board of Directors has been extremely rewarding. I get the opportunity to make Buffalo a welcome place for refugees and help them build a brighter future. Through this and my other volunteer activities I am able to connect to, and find out more about resources, people, and places making tangible impacts to improve the lives of others in the region. Being able to be a small part of that, in some way, is really important to me,” said Callahan.

Julia Jornsay-Silverberg, Content Marketing Specialist: is the Marketing Director for The Senase Project, a non-profit focused on eradicating poverty through community development.

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Julia Jornsay-Silverberg

“Volunteering for The Senase Project has enabled me to use my marketing skills to help spread awareness about the work our organization is doing in Ghana. As the Marketing Director, I get the opportunity to use my creativity to conceptualize and implement marketing campaigns that serve to benefit the lives of our students at the Akatim Village School, which we finished building in 2013,” said Jornsay-Silverberg.

Sara Schumacher, Senior Director of Member Services: sits on the board of Junior Achievement of Western New York (JAWNY) and serves as an in-class volunteer.

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Sara Schumacher

“My time spent with Junior Achievement, be that with the board of directors or teaching local students, is incredibly valuable to me. Not only do I get to help teach today’s students the importance of understanding financial independence and how communities work, I’m able to reinforce how important an organization like the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is to our community,” said Schumacher.

Krystal Sondel, Events Manager: is the Board Chairman for Danceability, Inc. a non-profit dance studio for children and adults with special needs. Sondel has volunteered in the classroom since 2009 and joined the Board in 2011.

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Krystal Sondel (right)

“I’ve gotten a chance to use the skills I have to do good in my community. As the Chair of the Board, I have the opportunity to continually advocate for our special needs dancers and their families. It’s rewarding to volunteer in the classroom as well, and see firsthand just how much our dancers grow and benefit from the programming at danceability,” said Sondel.

Joseph Stabb, Investor Relations Manager: has been on the national registry from Delete Blood Cancer since 2009 and is currently planning to donate bone marrow to help a child recover from blood cancer. Stabb also serves as an active committee/board member of PRSA Buffalo Niagara.

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Joseph Stabb

“I’m always willing to help in any way I can.  I value my ability to be a part of the community that I live in and help others.  If everyone gave at least an hour every year in their communities, then we could have a huge impact in making our world a better place,” said Stabb.

In addition to volunteering outside of work, our staff members volunteer through Team Partnership, our internal initiative to give back to the community.

Team Partnership is actively involved in the community and does over 5 outreach events per year including Earth Day park cleanups, Buffalo Christmas Wishes, Ride for Roswell, Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon, United Way Day of Caring and the Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale.

Team Partnership raised over $10,000 for the 2014 Ride for Roswell
Team Partnership raised over $10,000 for the 2014 Ride for Roswell

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is proud to “give back” to Buffalo Niagara and the region we call home.

Don’t forget to register for our next event for the opportunity to meet our staff and discuss how you can get more involved in the community and/or take advantage of the benefits we offer to our members.