Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano joined dozens of local volunteers Wednesday to unveil a new volunteer center at Eisenhower Park that will house a food pantry and connect needy residents to social service programs.
"In almost every area of need you'll find Nassau County residents standing up, volunteering time and effort," Mangano said at a ceremony outside the center in East Meadow.
The new center is housed in a small white building formerly used by Nassau County parks staff, Mangano aides said.
About a year ago county officials decided to convert the space into a volunteer center after moving parks staff to another building, aides said.
The facility will be used by Social Services Volunteers of Nassau County Inc., which works with the county social services department to aid children and the elderly.
The more than 30-year-old nonprofit will operate several programs, including one called "Dress to Impress" that will provide donated professional attire to needy residents for job interviews, said Lynne Campbell, director of volunteer programs for the Department of Social Services.
"This is paradise," Campbell said of the new space, showing off a room stacked with blouses, blazers, and slacks for women.
Several of the rooms in the facility were refurbished by James Medici, 17, of Bellmore, a senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale. Medici helped raise money and coordinate volunteers to paint rooms and build bookcases as part of his Eagle Scout project.
"I hope the people who come here can get the help they're looking for," Medici said.