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Annual Community Service Awards

Honoring the unsung heroes of the Staten Island nonprofit sector

NONPROFIT STATEN ISLAND

Nonprofit Staten Island provides resources, support, and advocacy for the borough’s nonprofit leaders and organizations to help strengthen our sector and meet the needs of our communities.

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NONPROFIT STATEN ISLAND UNVEILS ITS REBRAND AND CELEBRATES A NEW ERA OF COMMUNITY BUILDING, COMMUNITY VOICE, AND COMMUNITY RESPONSE

Nonprofit Staten Island, formerly known as SINFPA, celebrates the public unveiling of their rebranding, including an enhanced website and stunning new logo, as it continues to distinguish the sector and borough in stronger and more unique ways. 

Nonprofit Staten Island is committed to building the capacity of Staten Island nonprofit leaders and strengthening our sector through communication, collaboration, and coalition building. Placing an emphasis on supporting Staten Island nonprofits in being forward-thinking, the organization has set to work on not just rebranding but restrategizing the association and the ways it serves its membership and our borough’s communities. 

As we move into an important new era together, Nonprofit Staten Island centers, supports, and reasserts the excellence and importance of local nonprofits. Staten Island nonprofit organizations are a powerful force of providers and professionals delivering critical services to our communities. Each organization serves through community building, community voice, and community response, and our association is proud to share these three pillars and core values as we bring together best practices and lessons learned to drive a better collective future. 

We thank our members, community leaders, and neighbors for joining us in the important work that will propel our community forward. Together, we set the bar for quality of life and a brighter future in our communities. Nonprofit Staten Island celebrates this important moment of recommitment to the work of creating a culture and a space where Staten Islanders can see themselves working – with dignity, with respect and pride – in the borough that they love and live in. 

“As a young Latina Executive Director, I come in with a vision of intersectionality because in order for us to thrive as an Island we need to move forward collectively. Unveiling our new name, logo, and website is about more than just rebranding; it’s about restrategizing to best fulfill our ongoing commitment to ensure that all Staten Island voices are heard and served. Here’s to our nonprofits. Here’s to Staten Island. Here’s to Nonprofit Staten Island! ” – Tatiana Arguello, Executive Director

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Patricia Cuozzo from New York Center for Interpersonal Development @nycid_improveslives Congratulations and thank you for your service! Patricia Cuozzo is a founding member of NYCID’s Young Adult Borough Center team. A native Staten Islander and graduate of New Dorp High School. She attended the College of Staten Island where she studied English Literature.  She has three children, and six grandchildren. Pat wears many hats for YABC, hired as an Administrative Assistant & in the 2 decades since, she’s taken on many more roles. She’s the payroll manager, and has assisted in hundreds of students becoming Learning To Work interns, earning money while learning valuable skills. We were thrown a huge curveball this year being told 90% of our students couldn’t work as LTW interns outside the school building, and it was Pat’s determination in researching & cultivating new options that provided so many students with virtual training & certification programs. Pat is a model of professionalism, consistently going above & beyond the call of duty, anticipating the needs of our students (and our staff), usually long before anyone else had even considered the circumstances. She is a diligent & conscientious team member, trusted advisor, wonderful advocate for our students & a good friend. YABC & NYCID are so fortunate to have found such a uniquely talented & dedicated representative of all that NYCID stands for.   NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Victoria Venditti from Community Health Action of Staten Island @chasinyc Congratulations and thank you for your service! Victoria Venditti began working at Community Health Action’s Next Step Resource and recovery Center in 2018. During this short period, Victoria became one of the agency’s strongest Opioid Use Disorder advocates.  She helped many individuals identify paths of recovery for themselves and pursue professions in the substance use disorder industry. In 2020, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Victoria was sent to work at the pantry to assist with outdoor food distribution.   Victoria went on to become the Pantry Manager, Pantry Director, and is now Director of Community Engagement. While concurrently assuming responsibility for several new programs. Her adeptness in recognizing essential connections between these programs underscores her strategic vision and proactive approach to helping the Staten Island community.  Ms. Venditti has not only made tremendous strides professionally but also decided to pursue a higher level of education. Victoria achieved a bachelor’s in human services. Over the past year, she achieved the significant milestone of completing her master’s degree in public health, with a concentration in Global Environmental Health, and is now pursuing a graduate certification in accounting. Victoria outstanding qualities, including her initiative, dedication, and collaborative spirit, make her an indispensable asset to Community Health Action. Her continuous efforts to enhance services and support reflect her genuine passion for making a positive impact on the community. NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Victor Anjorin from Eden II @eden2programs Congratulations and thank you for your service! Victor began his career at Eden II Programs in 1999.  This 25 year career saw Victor in many different roles at the agency from Medicaid Service Coordinator to Incident Management Coordinator to Residential Operations Coordinator to his current role as Assistant Director of SI Residential Services. Victor has been instrumental in supporting Eden in our mission and vision from behind the scenes where all the real work is done.  He can be described as steadfast, unwavering and resolute in his personal mission to do his best and do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the individuals and their families. A quarter of a century of quietly and steadfastly serving the needs of the autism community and specifically the needs of the participants in our programs, is quite an accomplishment.  Congratulations from the Eden crew on the recognition through this community service award. NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Shannon Erickson from Freshkills Park Alliance @freshkillspark Congratulations and thank you for your service! Shannon Erickson is the Director of Education for the Freshkills Park Alliance. Shannon helps lead educational programs to teach people about Freshkills Park and its incredible transformation. She enjoys getting people connected with nature and learning about the importance of being a good environmental steward. Shannon earned her Master of Public Administration with a focus in environmental policy and administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. Previously, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in environmental science with a concentration in ecosystems from Binghamton University, SUNY.  NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Shane Drucker from the Grace Foundation @graceofny Congratulations and thank you for your service! Shane Drucker joined the GRACE Foundation in 2022 with a clear focus to empower people with autism, while at the same time completing a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree at CSI and helping the CSI Athletics department form their Esports program. He holds an impressive resume of performing in the community, which includes touring with IlluminArt Productions and volunteering his time singing and dancing annually at the Spooktacular event at the Staten Island Zoo. It quickly became clear that his talent had merged with his unique capacity to understand the complex nature of administrative responsibilities, which earned Shane a full-time position as the Respite Department Office Coordinator. Shane’s position ensures that participants receive the utmost quality administrative support and attention to their paperwork, which is immensely important. However, the purest part of Shane is how he shares his incredible kindness, experiences, talents, and education by spending meaningful time with GRACE participants during their activities and by performing alongside them. Hundreds of families, individuals, and professionals depend on GRACE for their ethics and devotion to the people they serve, and Shane is a shining example of all those who choose to work for GRACE and in the nonprofit developmental disabilities field. NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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📣 We are proud to present Cohort 2 of our newly launched Nonprofit On the Go: Action Learning Program! Today was the first day for our Cohort 2 participants. What an enriching experience it was to share our challenges with our peers and start this capacity building journey together. The Nonprofit Staten Island team is honored to guide our cohorts through this journey so that ultimately, our members continue to thrive, grow, and serve our community to the best of their ability. Thank you to our funders who made this possible, and thank you to the Staten Island Advance for hosting us in their beautiful space! Join us in welcoming Cohort 2! 🎉

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Today’s Unsung Hero and ‘24 CSA honoree is Dr. Roberta Locko-Leo from National Lighthouse Museum @ Roberta Camille Locko, MD, FACR, FACNM, FABQAURP, DFACMQ, CPPS, CPHQ, CMPC is a graduate of Manhattanville College and the George Washington University School of Medicine, completed her residencies in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Milton S Hershey Medical Center, is Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, the Science of Nuclear Medicine and in Medical Quality, and has achieved several national certifications including Certified Professional in Patient Safety and the Care Management Physician Certification (APLCM). She had the privilege of serving as the Director of Radiology of the New York City Health+Hospitals/Harlem for over twenty years, Medical Director of its School of Imaging Sciences, President of the Executive Committee of the Harlem Medical and Dental Staff, and Physician Advisor for NYC H+H. Dr. Lockoholds the title of Clinical Professor Emerita of Radiology from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has served as a consultant for Joint Commission Resources, the consulting division of The Joint Commission. She is a member of several medical organizations and has presented at several national meetings re: Image Gently, Image Wisely, and Choosing Wisely, etc.   Dr Locko is married to Dr Philip Alan Leo, a family physician in practice on Staten island and is the proud mother of Derek, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a firm in Manhattan, Lauren, Head Women’s Tennis Coach at St John’s University, and Kevin, Director of Risk Adjustment for a health care organization in NYC.   Dr. Locko has always had a personal fondness for lighthouses and what they represent as guiding lights in difficult “seas”. The National Lighthouse Museum is truly a treasure which needs much support, and she considers it an honor to serve on its Board of Trustees.   NPSI celebrates Volunteer Month 🌟 Community Service Awards Staten Island

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Grateful to our incredible sponsors for supporting our community service awards! 🌟 Huge thanks to Benston & Company and Door Dash for their Platinum sponsorship, as well as Tekie Geek, A Chance in Life, and NYCID for their Gold sponsorship. Special thanks to DH Consulting for their Silver sponsorship, and to Rich Energy Solutions, Rab’s Country Lanes, and SIUH for their Bronze sponsorship. Together, we’re making a difference! 💙 #CommunityService #Gratitude #statenisland #nonprofit #unsungheroes

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