Kids being mentored through the Volunteer Center's Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS) program recently enjoyed a fabulous trip to the Bronx Zoo. Funds to support this day-long adventure were generated by Quest Diagnostics annual "Rutts Hutt Hot Dog Challenge," in which Quest employees vied for the championship and in the process raised funds to send the kids to the zoo. More than 50 mentors and mentees explored the vase Bronx Zoo, enjoying lions, tigers, gorillas, elephants and many more.
“The day was truly magical,” said Eva Tobias, an assistant with the VIPS program. "Children laughed at the animals, made new friendships, and reunited with others. The weather even held out until everyone was back on the bus heading home."
VIPS helps youth who have suffered abuse or neglect see and take steps to achieve a brighter future. "The trip to the zoo is an inspiring testament to the hard work and generosity that a local company -- Quest Diasgnostics -- provided by supporting these kids," says Janet Sharma, Volunteer Center executive director. "We are very grateful!"