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Allison: Personal Mission Meets Organizational Mission

One remarkable aspect of VNSNY’s charitable efforts is the fact that scores of our own staff members give tens of thousands of dollars each year to support our mission. Many, like Elizabeth Sesselberg, are longtime employees who regularly donate to VNSNY. But we also have a new wave of younger staff who are creating their own tradition of generosity—people like Allison Simms, PT, DPT, MHA, who has been contributing to VNSNY since she began working as a manager in physical therapy five years ago.

Allison explains that this spirit of giving is part of her Caribbean heritage. “I have a philosophy that you give back from within—that’s my culture,” she says. I believe it takes a village to sustain a community. The mission and vision that my family has instilled in me is similar to VNSNY’s mission, which they have had for over 120 years.”

That is why, in addition to carrying out VNSNY’s mission by delivering expert and compassionate care to her patients, she makes a financial gift every year in support of VNSNY’s charitable care programs. “I recognize that this is a not-for-profit organization, and that the work that we do on a day-to-day basis includes free care for those who couldn’t afford it otherwise,” she says. “I want to give to VNSNY to help make sure those services can continue.”

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