Event Marks 6th Year of Historic Initiative between ReServe and NYC Agencies
ReServe marked the sixth-year of its historic collaboration with the New York City Department of Aging (DFTA) in the Civic Engagement Imitative at a breakfast event on August 21 at Club 101 in New York City.
The initiative overseen by DFTA, provides ReServists with opportunities to work in time-limited projects at any city agency that chooses to participate. To date, 24 NYC agencies have engaged more than 700 ReServists who have worked over 533,000 hours.
Representatives from 13 agencies were in attendance including Department of Youth & Community Development, Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Corrections, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, New York Police Department, Department of Investigation, Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Production and Department of Consumer Affairs.
Jack Rosenthal, ReServe’s board chairman and co-founder spoke about the history of ReServe and what led up to this groundbreaking public/private partnership. “What’s society going to do with a population that not only lives longer, but stronger? I was trying to think of institutional ways to get older adults in useful, social serving and self-serving activities.”
Bill Chong, Deputy Commissioner of Programs at DFTA attended on behalf of Commissioner Barrios-Paoli and said, “The ReServe program has been the hidden gem in city government.”
Sergio Panaque, Deputy Commissioner at NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services also spoke and praised his team of 10 ReServists who he said, “work in each of our functional areas.” He also explained that he and Commissioner Edna Wells Handy have committed to having “at least 10% of their workforce being age 50 or over,” and he pledged his commitment to champion ReServe to agencies who have not yet hired ReServists.
The success of this initiative has been closely watched by municipalities across the country and is part of our strategy as we speak to community leaders about bringing ReServe to their cities.