From the Mayor's Desk



Volunteering to Strengthen Our Community

Since 2018, the Village of Babylon’s Volunteer Corps has been helping Village residents with tasks they find difficult to complete on their own, such as snow shoveling or leaf raking, by connecting them with local volunteers. Their mission? To strengthen our community through service and volunteerism.

The BVVC, a community service organization which had formerly existed, was brought back at the behest of former Mayor Ralph Scordino and his wife, Linda. As Mayor Scordino said at nearly every event, “Babylon Village is the village of volunteers.”

Under the direction of then-Trustee Mary E. Adams, the BVVC committee was formed including seven additional volunteers: Valerie Basile, Dominic Bencivenga, Eileen Carnese, Trish McGlinchey, Karen Petz, Robyn Silvestri and Judy Skillen. The group immediately began reaching out to the community connecting willing volunteers with residents in need on an on-going basis.

Now run by Trustee Robyn Silvestri, the Volunteer Corps conducts monthly community cleanups in addition to providing services to residents in need.

In November and December 2020, dozens of volunteers turned out to help clean up around the Locust Avenue ball fields and several municipal parking lots.

During the snowstorm earlier this week, the BVVC received over three dozen requests for help from neighbors, mainly seniors, who were unable to shovel themselves out. Volunteers of all ages jumped into action to help their neighbors.

Would you like to become part of the Babylon Village Volunteer Corps? Click here to volunteer: https://forms.gle/xBZ7tmGTty3DpcyWA

If you have a need or know someone who does, please complete this contact form: https://forms.gle/9oD3yZYW1RtUA55p9