“’We all do better when we all do better.’ It’s the most succinct way to say something I’ve always believed, and my position creates the opportunity to influence that, especially for our neighbors at the margins. My work sits at the intersection of supporting front-line heroes and using the stories heard through that work to influence policy so people can have a chance at success. That I get to do this work with the amazing staff and volunteers I spend my days with is beyond rewarding. We had a coat give-away (in December) when schools were closed for a snow day, and all of our volunteers – all neighbors, many of whom use our services when they need a little help – figured out childcare so they could come in and make sure the give-away was a success. When our volunteers are that invested, it’s incredibly inspiring. Seriously, how cool is it to get paid to do that?” – MICHAEL COLLINS | executive director of Syracuse Northeast Community Center
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