One to One Learning celebrated its 16th anniversary with the Hands of Hope Gala on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Nyack Seaport. All enjoyed the ambiance, service, delicious food, music, door prizes, and silent auction
“We have been faithful to our mission during these sixteen years, providing English classes and other supportive service to immigrants, numbering about 4,500. Where will we be as we complete two decades? The future is up to us. It lies in seeds planted in the present that will slowly blossom into the future reality”, said Sister Cecilia La Pietra. She continued, referring to all present at the Gala, “All of you are part of our Hands of Hope Banner, all of you believe in our mission and are actively involved in its promotion.”
Sister Cecilia specifically called on the alumni and students of One to One Learning, referring to them as the core for the future, “You will continue as students, introduce new students, become teachers, and your children may be future volunteers. You will continue to hold fund raising events, become board members, reshape the organization to new needs, and become staff members.”
Among the Student Service Awards were two of these leaders, Elsy Guadalupe Zamora and Jose Armando Figueroa who were celebrated for their accomplishments as students and thanked them for their involvement in all the fund raising activities.
Teacher Service Awards went to Lucille Levine and John McCoy. Mrs. Levine has been teaching at One to One Learning for six years. As a professional ESL teacher for 25 years she has brought much expertise that she willingly shares. John McCoy began teaching five years ago and has shown great care for the students, looking for methods of teaching that would enhance their learning.
Our honorees have been a very special part of our Hands of Hope Banner. The 2013 Advocate Award went to The Rockland Immigration Coalition for being a voice for immigrants in Rockland. Gail Golden and Ron Figueroa, founders of the RIC, and Juan Pablo Ramirez, present co-chair with Ms Golden accepted the award.
Maria Nest accepted the 2013 Humanitarian Award on behalf of the Outreach Ministry of St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, New York for seeing needs in the community and bringing them to parishioners who have responded each time with generous hearts.
One to One Learning students have been recipients of this generosity for at least fourteen years, receiving Thanksgiving food baskets and Christmas gifts each year.
The 2013 Founder’s Award was given to Ceil and Ugo Volpati for sharing their time, talent, and treasure with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, and their sponsored ministries, including One to One Learning.
Thomas Torpey, present president, James Joyce, past president, and Mary Joyce accepted the 2013 Corporate Sponsor Award for the Rockland Country Club Foundation for their mission that combines the sport of golf with a philanthropic stance of giving and for their response to the mission of One to One Learning with a yearly check.
The 2013 Youth Service Award was accepted by Mr. Joseph Troy for the Albertus Magnus High School students for making a difference in the lives of many individuals in Rockland County. One to One Learning is a service site with students coming to volunteer in the children’s program or to teach our adults English. They also provide Thanksgiving food baskets and toys at Christmas to families.
Call Sister Cecilia at 845-512-8176to donate your time, talent, or treasure.
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