Westchester North, NY
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Helping mankind one good deed at a time!
My Brother Vinny is a NYS 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. We organize: distribute food, clothing and furniture and housewares to US Veterans, outreach groups, shelters and families in Westchester County/vicinities. We run an annual My Brother Vinny Walk and help local animal shelters and rescue groups in the aid and support of animal welfare. We establish and implement community based events geared towards improving the enjoyment of life, happiness and health of the emotionally, physically and intellectually disabled. Every event we do has a benefit towards helping others and getting people involved. Whether we are delivering gifts to over 140 residents at an adult home or providing gifts to children in low income community centers we strive to spread joy and add a personal touch to everything we do.
We run many community events such as 'My Brother Vinny Play Time with a Purpose' a monthly FREE program for registrants at Gymboree Play & Music of Yorktown. We combine free play, arts, music and dance and coordinate donations for our charity beneficiary of choice such as an animal rescue for our charitable purpose.
WE HELP US VETERANS START OVER! 100% VOLUNTEER!
My Brother Vinny has also become a tremendous resource to the Department of Veteran Affairs HUDVASH Program and the chronically homeless US Veterans staring over in the VA Montrose, VA Bronx, VA Castlepoint Campuses. Since June 2013, we have been assigned over two hundred and forty (240) US Veterans that we have currently assisted or will assist with their moves and transition to independent living. When we say moves we provide all items needed to start over through community support and donations. All of the US Veterans that we assist come from many different branches of military service and with varied degrees of disabilities and hardships. The Veterans although homeless are left with a deep sense of pride and have welcomed our support and services; we do not offer a handout we offer a hand in friendship and support. Our very first Veteran told me that you will have your own Army now: we will help you in any way possible; that could not be any truer. The Veterans have volunteered to help with other stages of My Brother Vinny community service work, help us move other Veterans and look forward to the future work we will do together to help others.
My Brother Vinny is dedicated to the Memory of Vincent Miritello - the Life in the Legacy!
Vincent lived his life with Cerebral Palsy, but was not defined with his disability. He had the most beautiful personality, loved to laugh, float around in the pool, spend time with his family and eat his favorite foods. Vincent could not walk and was nonverbal and despite his limitations he was born with, he lived a life filled with joy. My Brother Vincent was a true blessing to me and left a deep void in my heart when he passed away in 2000. After, he passed away I had a strong desire to spend time and support those with Intellectual Disabilities and those that lived with mental health issues. I started job coaching those with mental health issues and volunteering to coach Special Olympians Athletes. I wanted to focus as much attention as possible to a population I felt was under represented and truly needed a voice. I was a sibling with a deep love of her brother and I needed an outlet. Since Vincent was nonverbal, I felt and even deeper sense to help this population through my need to always protect him. My brother's special needs and learning capacity was that of a toddler; although he passed away at 20. He was the youngest of six children and truly the center of our hearts.
Vincent truly was an Angel and losing him left a deep void in my life, in our lives. He was filled with so much love, pure of heart and taught me the true meaning of compassion and love. He never spoke to me in this life with words, but spoke to my heart where words were not needed. He was special to so many and still spoken of fondly by his wonderful teachers that loved him at Pinesbridge School in Yorktown. To this day, when you visit the school you will see a garden dedicated to his memory. This beautiful soul was my brother and he spread joy wherever he went!
Throughout, the process of helping others and honoring Vincent and his memory. I knew, that I wanted to give him a Legacy. In 2011, I was in a car accident that left me unable to walk for over 4 month confined to a wheelchair with years of physical therapy to recover. It was due to my accident that I was finally able to put all the years of charity work in motion and form My Brother Vinny. My brother lived his entire life in a wheelchair, I felt even closer to him and got a deeper understanding during the time I unable to walk myself. I clearly saw even deeper the strength those that live with special needs, physical limitations overcome daily. The dependence on those that love them and the public support needed to go through daily living.
The deep love that I had in my heart to help others; slowly day by day turned into My Brother Vinny the 501c3. I am beyond thankful to those that help me, help others. Everyone that volunteers and tirelessly spares their precious time trying to make the world a better place; are the priceless gifts my brother gives to me.
I think back at just how far we have come since Vincent passed away and officially becoming a NYS nonprofit organization in 2013. We have vital programs and charitable work that makes a difference to so many. My love of helping those with mental health issues, disabilities and the homeless in turn developed into our vital work we do to help homeless Veterans start over. It flows day by day and evolves rapidly!
I am truly proud to say, he has his own nonprofit in his memory, his own My Brother Vinny walk and through the community service work we perform we honor him by become a true support for our US Veterans. Every day I feel "Amazed" and honored that we are truly powered by the people and making a difference.
I have never felt so much joy as I do now helping others and keeping Vinny's memory alive.
We're expanding and our services; we will truly have a profound reach. I am living my passion, I am honoring my brother, life is beautiful!
- A word on My Brother Vinny by Paula Miritello
Our Vision for the future is to continue to help the community and expand our reach! I want people to hear 'My Brother Vinny' and know they have a resource, friend and help without question and with all heart.
Community & NYS Awards
2014 Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award - Yorktown Lions Club
2014 Brandel Murphy Youth Service Award ' Lions Club International
2014 Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Yorktown Elks Club for 'Outstanding and Meritorious Service to Humanity,'
2015 Paul Harris Fellow, Inducted by the Yorktown Rotary Club
2015 Volunteer of the Year ' Cortlandt Rotary Club
2015 - Proclamation Paula Miritello Day - June 10, 2015, Westchester County, Presented by Legislator Kaplowitcz
2015 Yorktown Leo's Citizen of the Year
2015 - Certificate of Excellence - Town of Yorktown
2015 - Proclamation from Senator Terrence Murphy - Regard Paul Harris Fellows
2015 Honoree, Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill "CHOP" Jan Peek Shelter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSYsCFguK2c Grace Notes 2013