As a former “little” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program, Mark Duffy, SEFCU’s senior marketing coordinator, knows firsthand how a volunteer can change a life. When asked about the impact he thought his volunteerism had on others he said, “It’s just the opposite. Volunteers changed my life. I would not be where – or who – I am today without the love and support of caring people in my life.”
Now, Mark is using his experience as a young child to give back to his community. While he believes volunteering makes our communities better and stronger, he says he gets so much more out of it, making lifelong friends, learning new skills – and having fun at the same time!
Mark’s commitment to volunteerism is vast. He volunteers for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, serving as planning committee chair for the A Taste of Albany event, is an active board member of the Capital Alliance of Young Professionals (CAYP) where he participates in a number of community service projects and was named CAYP’s Spirit Award winner in 2014. He also supports the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany and is a member of the annual Casino Night planning committee.
Mark is also committed to a number of SEFCU events, co-chairing two credit union events: the annual Monopoly® Tournament to benefit the Center for Disability Services in 2015 and SEFCU’s annual Labor Day 5kin the past.
When asked to describe his favorite volunteer moment he said, “There’s no better feeling than someone finding you after an event to say ‘thank you.’ That’s how you know you’re making a difference.”