About the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame

The Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame was founded shortly after the United Nation’s International Year of Volunteers 2001. A coalition of local persons and agencies came together to commemorate volunteerism on Long Island as part of this international effort.

After working together as a coalition, the organizing agencies decided to establish the Volunteer Hall of Fame to honor individuals who founded the many nonprofit organizations found on Long Island. These organizations continue to advance the vision and causes advocated by their founders. We celebrate their humanitarian spirit and promote volunteerism on Long Island.

With the help of our independent panel of volunteer judges new honorees have been inducted annually since 2002. In this website you will find a list of our Inductees with links to their organizations, information about how to nominate someone and how to support our effort.


After 10 years of induction ceremonies, the initiative was necessarily suspended in order to address community needs impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Planning Advisory Committee
  • APVA (Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators)
  • GEAR UP- Frank Pomata
  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County - Laura Bissett Carr
  • Long Island Education Opportunity Center- Myra Breitburg 
  • Long Island State Veterans Home- Susan K. Helmus
  • Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network- Cheryl Brancato, Meg Imhof Callinan, Patricia Force, Chris Fox, Lana Gluck, Caryn Grossman, Joan Imhof, Simone Solz Leo, Anna Lyons, Tracy Murtagh, Diana O'Neill, Tenaya Parchment, Patti Polyn, Patricia Sands & Anne Sprotte (NCC marketing interns Laurel Oliver and Melissa Pacheco; NYIT Carleton Group advertising/marketing interns)
  • Madonna Heights- SCO Family of Services- Kathy Sullivan
  • Molloy College- Dr. Sherry Radowitz
  • National Association of Black Women in Higher Education- Delores Smalls
  • The EGC Group- Len Rothberg 
Founders of the Hall of Fame
  • American Red Cross of Suffolk/Community Service Program
  • APVA (Association of Professional Volunteer Administrators)
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Suffolk
  • The EGC Group
  • Fire Island National Sea Shore
  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County
  • Junior League of Long Island
  • Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank
  • Long Island State Veterans Home
  • Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network
  • MS 172 Beacon Program
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Newsday's Future Corps
  • Stony Brook University
  • Suffolk Community Council
  • United Way of Long Island
  • Ward Melville High School
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