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Alison Pryor | Team Leader Spotlight

Team Leader, New York Cares

What inspires you to continue your work as a Team Leader?
Volunteering has taught me patience and to be hopeful. No matter how troubled one's past or unclear one's present, humans want to be heard and we need to support one another. Volunteering provides a refuge and it fills me with hope.

“Alison has been with our program for five years and is a really remarkable volunteer. She works hard at engaging our clients by talking with them, dancing with them, or most important, listening to them.”
-Fran Tarshish, SelfHelp Community Services

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This month, we are recognizing one of our all-star Team Leaders, Alison Pryor, who has been volunteering with New York Cares for almost a decade and is someone who consistently goes above and beyond in the role of Team Leader. Over the past five years, Alison has spent every week leading an Afternoon Social for Holocaust Survivors at Selfhelp Community Services. Not only does she make each senior who attends the gathering feel supported and appreciated, but she’s cultivated a community of dedicated volunteers who return week after week to provide seniors with meaningful and lasting experiences. But Alison's leadership doesn’t stop there. She also leads the Sparks of Life Arts and Crafts program at New York Methodist and volunteers on her own with Memorial Sloan Kettering - clearly dedicated to giving back to the city she’s called home for many years.

We caught up with Alison to ask her a few questions about living in New York, what keeps her volunteering, and what it means to be a New York Cares Team Leader.

  • Volunteer since: 2006
  • Team Leader since: 2010
  • Hours Spent Volunteering: 1,035
  • Top Projects: Afternoon Social with the Seniors of Selfhelp Community Services in Brooklyn and Sparks of Life Arts & Crafts at New York Methodist Hospital
  • Awards: 2015 Presidential Service Award - Bronze Level
  • What is your favorite thing to do in New York? I love that NYC is a walking city. I love to walk the neighborhoods and the parks. And, I am a huge theater goer.
  • Describe in one word what being a Team Leader means to you: Commitment.
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