buildOn Students Recognized for Service by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr!

On Sunday May 22nd, the 50 buildOn students from New York with the most community service hours were recognized by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. as the Volunteers of the Year. These students’ families convened along with city officials and buildOn representatives in the rotunda of the Bronx courthouse to applaud the wealth of inspiring community service completed throughout the academic year.

During the ceremony, buildOn founder and CEO Jim Ziolkowski spoke along with regional program director Missy Shields about the organization’s rich history of community outreach in the Bronx – a relationship spanning the past 16 years. buildOn students Isacar Chavez, Gabby Ramirez, Luis Alonso and Keara Knight also discussed their experiences in the Bronx and how buildOn’s youth service program has impacted them.

After a brief ceremony, each school was awarded a certificate for their students’ service, and pictures were taken with Diaz Jr. We’re thrilled to have collaborated with the borough president to celebrate buildOn’s presence in the Bronx, and the efforts of our tireless NYC-based students.