Along with the support and expertise of our members, we rely upon a network of partners who are committed to our mission. The following individuals/organizations were honored as our Lifesaving Partners.
Haitian American Nurses Association
The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. (HANA) is a 501(c) nonprofit membership organization, established in 1984 by two registered nurses, Alice Casimir and Jacqueline Dasque, along with eight other professionals. These people wanted to establish an organization which would provide health care services to migrant workers in the Homestead, Florida area. Currently HANA has eight chapters in the U.S.A. Its strategic vision is to be recognized both nationally and internationally as a world-class nursing association.
HANA strives to increase the enrollment of nursing students through education and mentoring as well as provide community networking opportunities for its members. HANA continues to provide scholarships for students enrolled in local schools as well as in Haiti. HANA has developed a teaching project initiative to send volunteer nurse educators to teach at Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Léo gane (FSIL) and thereby raise the level of nursing care in Haiti.
Volunteer New York!
Volunteer New York! has been meeting the changing needs of our communities since it was first conceived in 1949 by a small group of committed volunteers. Last year Volunteer New York! inspired over 19,000 volunteers to take action and support over 500 nonprofits throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam with over 270,000 hours of service (valued at more than $7.3MM). For the past 4 years Volunteer New York! has been selected as a Top-Rated nonprofit based on reviews posted to greatnonprofits.org . In 2015 914Inc. presented them with a Best Small Business Award for outstanding nonprofit.
The core of Volunteer New York!’s mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in our community.
Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de Léogane (FSIL)
The Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti, FSIL, is the first four-year baccalaureate School of Nursing in Haiti. In 2015, FSIL was ranked the top nursing school in the country by the Ministry of Public Health. With a 93% score for meeting the objectives and outcomes for higher nursing education, FSIL is a model for nursing schools in Haiti.
The FSIL nursing school opened its doors to the first class of thirty-six students in January, 2005. The FSIL Governing Board found a remarkable dean, Hilda Alcindor, who was born and educated as a nurse in Haiti. She worked as a registered nurse for over 27 years in Miami and wanted to return and help the people of Haiti. She shepherds her young students through their first years as she teaches them in the classroom and instills in them a sense of patriotism and service.
Roxanne Watson — LiveOnNY
Roxanne Watson was born and raised in the Bronx. She moved to France from 1975- 1977, and then after marrying and living in Wilmington, Delaware, she relocated back to Spring Valley where she worked full time in retail at Pergament Home Center as well as attended Rockland Community College fulltime. At RCC, Roxanne was a charter member of the Mentor Talented Student Honors Program. Roxanne graduated from Columbia University with a major in American History and in the summer of 1990, she attended Harvard to study Russian History.
For twenty years, Roxanne worked in the retail field throughout the New York area. Then in 2006, while working a 60-hour week at AJWright, she suffered a silent heart attack. She was placed on a heart transplant list at Montefiore Hospital and after waiting 104 days, on July 16, 2010, she received the gift of life.
Dr. Daniel Allonce
Dr. Daniel Allonce was born in Cap-Haitian, Haiti on June 1, 1964, one of seven children. When Daniel was six years old, his father moved to the USA to search for a better life for his family. For twelve years, Daniel’s mother had to raise her family on her own. She was a wise woman who taught her children three important values- love and fear of God; self-respect; and respect for others. She also valued education and moved her family to Port- au- Prince when Daniel was in secondary school, so he could get a better education there.
In 1984, Daniel’s family moved to Brooklyn, NY, where Daniel was involved with school and church and went on several humanitarian missions outside the U.S.A. In 1990, Daniel married. He and his wife have two sons. Daniel has a degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, a B.S in Science and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine and another Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery.
Sciencia Torchon started her adult life working as a stenographer for New York State at Letchworth Village in 1980. Two years later, she received a promotion and transferred to Rockland Psychiatric Center, where she worked and elevated through the ranks for the 35 years. In the early 80s, she volunteered at her church and taught English, as a second language, to adults immigrants. Her volunteering at Rockland Psychiatric Center led her to become an interpreter for non-English speaking patients and be a part of the 911 disaster response team. Soon after, she enrolled at Rockland Community College and became a registered nurse. She continued her education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Nyack College and then her master’s degree in nursing administration from Mercy College. According to Sciencia, people always seem to recognize leadership qualities in her that she sometimes does not see in herself. However, she takes pride in knowing that she is a responsible and conscientious person, who leads by example.
Fidelis Care is a faith-based, mission-driven health plan, providing quality, affordable health coverage to more than 1.6 million children and adults in all 62 counties of New York State. Fidelis Care serves one in every 13 New Yorkers. Fidelis Care’s mission is to ensure that every resident, regardless of income, age, religion, gender or ethnic background, has access to quality, affordable health coverage provided with dignity and respect.
From its origin in 1993 as the Catholic Health Services Plan of Brooklyn and Queens, Inc., Fidelis Care has grown – both in the scope of its mission and the services it provides. Today, Fidelis Care is the largest health plan of its kind in the State and serves members through an extensive provider network.
Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life. Through partnerships with providers and local communities, Fidelis Care works to foster healthier futures for members and their families. Fidelis Care offers a spectrum of health and wellness programs and services, with a special focus on health awareness and prevention.
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the 43 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death in women. WomenHeart is solely devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, physicians, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.
Rockland Bakery is a family run bakery located in Nanuet, New York. Their wide variety of products can be found throughout the Tri-state area. The retail store maintains a cult like following, where patrons can select their own bread seconds after coming out of the oven. The company has donated to and sponsored WCFR events and activities for many years.
Dr. Mario Nelson
Dr. Mario Nelson is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the New York Medical College. He is also the director of the department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Westchester Medical Center University Hospital. He has published many articles and chapters in medical textbooks. He has been recognized for several years as Best Doctor in New York in the New York Magazine, and Top Doctor in Westchester in the Westchester Magazine.
The Vincent HoSang Family Foundation
Vincent and Jeanette HoSang grew up under the guiding principles of ‘caring and sharing’ and how significant it is to extend a helping hand. Together, they co-founded the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation (VHFF), in 2004.
The VHFF is a 501 (c) (3) organization built on a giving philosophy, deeply rooted in changing lives. The VHFF’s mission is limitless as it strives to break down challenges and focus on opportunities that will over time bring about normalcy to the underserved. Its philanthropic investments have directly impacted individuals and organizations in our local communities and the Caribbean.
Some of the VHFF’s esteemed charities include a mobile health clinic to the Organization of International Development (OID); education scholarships to both the Lehman College Foundation and the University of the West Indies (UWI), The Vincent HoSang Business Venture Program at the UWI, the Team Jamaica Bickle/Penn Relays Nutrition and Feeding Program, The Jamaica LINAC Machines Project Initiative, The Jamaica Ebola Prevention Program, Jawanio, Rockland Community Foundation, Rockland County’s largest food pantry, People to People, Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc. among others.
The VHFF has awarded approximately US$3.5 million to numerous charities designed to assist the most vulnerable in our local communities and the Caribbean.
The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1957, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic organization representing members from over 90 communities in the New Jersey/New York region. The Chamber’s membership includes retail, professional, service, and corporate businesses, large, medium and small. Its primary objective is to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the area MRCC serves so that its citizens and its business community may prosper. Particular attention and emphasis is given to the business, social, civic, cultural, and educational interests of the region.
Rockland Community College
Conveniently located just 25 miles from New York City, Rockland Community College, a SUNY institution, provides an affordable high quality education that focuses on guiding each student to reach for and achieve their highest success. Named one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation, RCC has again earned the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
Their vibrant campus life benefits from a strong sense of fellowship and community among a diverse student body of 7,000 students including many international students from around the world. Participation in student leadership training and community service projects are high. The average class size of 22 students and the dedicated professional faculty all help foster an engaged stimulating academic environment. Mentoring, guidance, tutoring programs and non-academic support services assist students from admissions through every step to their degree completion.