We're so proud to share the news that longtime Samuel Field Y community member Barbara Dodell was honored at UJA Federation of New York's Celebrating Our Community Changemakers event earlier this week! Barbara has been a committed Engage volunteer since 2014, and has been involved in several programs at the SFY and in the larger Engage community.
Barbara has done a commendable job utilizing her skills as a special education teacher to work as a volunteer leader in the Samuel Field Y's A Time for Us program, which benefits adults with developmental disabilities. On top of helping out during the group's events, she's played a pivotal role in the program's annual bake sale fundraisers. Barbara also introduced and now coleads the New York Giving Dolls program at the Y, which creates handmade dolls for children locally and around the world who are going through challenging life experiences.
On top of her work with the Engage and A Time For Us programs, Barbara has ALSO advocated passionately to bring an anti-gun violence initiative to the Y, and with her leadership, and in partnership with our Partners in Caring synagogues, we were proud to have our first reducing gun violence meeting this past April. Additionally, she has assisted with our community food drives and participated in UJA-Federation's Engage day of service.
We are so proud that Barbara was selected to receive this well deserved honor at UJA's Live With Purpose volunteer recognition, and we're beyond lucky to have someone like her in our community.
To find out how you can give back to your community and volunteer at the Samuel Field Y, click here.