A wise man once shared this important life lession, “Live in the moment, pace yourself, enjoy every mile of your life, and take one day at a time.” That man is our Team Leader Spotlight of the month and someone we are honored to have leading programs that make a difference to those struggling with food insecurity in our city.
Meet Lydell Tyson, a stellar Team Leader whose leadership has been highlighted by volunteers, fellow Team Leaders, and Community Partners. Lydell is someone who creates a purpose driven environment where volunteers can see the impact they are making, communicates clear project objectives, and contributes to a high volunteer retention on his projects.
Read what Stephanie has to say about the impression he made on her first New York Cares project:
"Lydell is a flipping rock start. His calm ease, trust in people's common sense, and sharp-but-kind efficiency was invaluable to making this project run smoothly. I could not have asked for a better first project at New York Cares."
As a leader for projects such as Breakfast at St. John the Divine, Lunch at St. John the Divine and Sort at New York Common Pantry, Lydell is someone who knows his way around a kitchen and pantry. Well, except for the coffee station...
“My favorite memory on a project is the time I tried to make coffee. I have never made or even drank a cup of coffee in my life. I attempted to make coffee for lunch service and the coffee was horrible. It tasted horrendous and looked more like iced-tea! The clients were disappointed that we did not have coffee, but they were very understanding. This is my favorite memory because that experience showed me that clients of a soup kitchen may not always act like they appreciate that you are there, but they really do value what you are doing for them. Needless to say, I try to stay away from coffee prep.”
Funny memories aside, Lydell exemplifies a true leader through and through. He has even been instrumental in identifying, and mentoring potential volunteers who have gone on to become Team Leaders themselves – initiating a ripple effect. His Program Manager, Steven had this to say:
"I stopped in a Team Leader training last week, and somehow Lydell's name was mentioned as we were discussing different projects. Three out of the six volunteers who were being trained all cheered his name and acknowledged what a great Team Leader he is."
Thank you, Lydell, not only for leading by example but inspiring the next generation of New York Cares Team Leaders!