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MLK Day of Service: Volunteers Help Assess Spring Valley Community Health

Over 15 volunteers helped assess Spring Valley Community Health in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service.

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Second Annual (2014) MLK Day of Service project a success! 

Click here for Slideshow - Photo Credit: Mike Ellis

On Saturday January 18, Worldwide Community First Responder (WCFR) participated in the 2014 MLK Day of Service by assessing the health of the Spring Valley community. Over 15 individuals volunteered at our 2014 MLK Day of Service project "Assessing Spring Valley Community Health" for over 45 hours of service, and 80 individuals participated by completing our surveys. The purpose of this project was to get opinions about community health problems in the Spring Valley community. WCFR will use the results of the surveys and other information to identify the most pressing problems which can be addressed through community action.

We thank The Volunteer Center of United Way for collaborating with us. Our Volunteer Center captain, Natalia Diaz, was on site with us and managed the volunteers at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center .

The volunteers conducted short surveys of people along Main Street in Spring Valley. The 10 minute survey includes questions on demographics and community health. WCFR will organize a health fair in the Spring. Data collected from our MLK Day of Service project “Assessing Spring Valley’s Community Health” surveys will be used to focus on certain health topics.

We are very appreciative and thankful for our MLK Day of Service project volunteers. All of our volunteers received a MLK Day of Service T-Shirt and a gift card from Tony Roma's. Two volunteers, from Spring Valley High School, won prizes for collecting the most community health assessment surveys on that cold and snowy winter day. Our MLK Day of Service prize winners were:

  • 1st Prize Winner - Pierreline Dorcelain
  • 2nd Prize Winner - Marie Tezy

Gift certificates for our prizes were donated by local businesses: Tony Roma's, West Nyack, NY; Stir Crazy, West Nyack, NY; and TGI's Friday, West Nyack, NY. Some local businesses made food donations, while others provided gift certificates for our volunteers. We thank the following wonderful businesses:

  • Chili's, Nanuet, NY
  • Walgreens, New City, NY
  • TGI's Friday, West Nyack, NY
  • Panera Bread, Nanuet, NY
  • Rockland Bakery, Nanuet, NY
  • Domino's, Spring Valley, NY
  • BJ's, West Nyack, NY
  • Tony Roma's, West Nyack, NY
  • Stir Crazy, West Nyack, NY
  • Billy Beez, West Nyack, NY
  • Cheesecake Factory, West Nyack, NY
  • Joe's Crab Shack, West Nyack, NY
  • Fritz - Office Depot, Nanuet, NY

More photos from the day's event can be found here. Thanks for honoring the legacy and being a part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project! 

About Worldwide Community First Responder

Worldwide Community First Responder (WCFR) is a non-profit/charitable organization with a mission “to prevent deaths worldwide through education and training”. WCFR offers two main services: WCFR Health Education and WCFR Training Program. The WCFR Health Education focuses on educating community members worldwide of fatal health conditions and preventative measures. The WCFR Training Program is dedicated to providing worldwide community-based first response and first aid training. WCFR provides its services worldwide to all communities regardless of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, economic and social class. WCFR members are a diverse group of volunteers who provide their services free of charge. Through their efforts, WCFR members seek to empower individuals in their own communities and save lives.

For information on how you can get involved, visit us at www.wcfrworldwide.org or contact us at info@wcfrworldwide.org  

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