Long Time Volunteer Joy Ovadek Joins Foundation Board

Fundraising expertise a gift to Richmond Community Services and those with developmental disabilities

Mount Kisco, N.Y., April 4, 2011 – The Richmond Community Services Foundation Board has become much “richer” with the addition of Joy Ovadek as a board member. Ovadek will expand her service to Richmond Community Services from volunteering to increasing funds available to support the broader scope of Richmond’s services and programs. “Being on the Board allows me to accomplish goals for the organization beyond that which a single individual can achieve on a volunteer basis,” says Ovadek.

“We are delighted to benefit from Ms. Ovadek’s experience supporting our programs for individuals with developmental disabilities as well as her fundraising expertise,” says Joseph Pugni, Jr., President of the Richmond Community Services Foundation Board.“I’ve been volunteering at Richmond Community Services for the past five years. I keep coming back because of the people. Everyone involved in the organization is very loving of all the clients. You really feel the warmth when you go into any location. Everyone is treated with so much care and respect, it really draws you in. It makes you want to become part of the Richmond family.”

Ovadek, who was recognized in 2009 as Richmond Volunteer of the Year, maintains that she gets more “joy” out of the time spent volunteering at Richmond than the effort she puts in. “It’s very rewarding to see nurse’s aides, many for whom English is not a first language independently and confidently navigating their computers and using them in their daily activities with Richmond’s clients after having taught them computer skills.”

Ovadek is the Director of Administration at Combe, Inc., an international health and beauty aids company, headquartered in White Plains, where she has enjoyed a career of more than 30 years. In addition to her time with Richmond Community Services, Ovadek volunteers at the Grace Church Community Center Soup Kitchen, Operation Prom and is a member of Combe’s Emergency Response Team. She continues to raise money for breast cancer awareness, the Westchester Food Bank, the New Rochelle Animal Shelter, and United Way.