Steps to Success and Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
From left to right: Financial Literacy Co-Chairs Brittany Cash and Courtney Miller, WIN Volunteer and Event Coordinator Cyndi Snyder
If it were not for Cyndi Snyder, Volunteer and Event Coordinator for Women In Need (WIN), Steps to Success and the Financial Literacy committee would not be able to do what they do. She is an integral part of the success of the NYJL’s partnership with WIN.
For over 30 years, WIN has provided New York City’s homeless mothers and their children with housing, programs and services that they need in order to transform their lives.
The women of Steps to Success work closely with Cyndi and the WIN staff to break the cycle of homelessness by providing job skills training, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills and other job resources.
In addition, WIN is also the community partner of the NYJL’s Financial Literacy committee, which leads workshops designed to empower adults and young adults to make sound decisions regarding personal finance.
Cyndi studied at Pace University where she received a degree in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. She was certain her calling was to help others, but wasn’t sure how to transition her passion into a career. During her studies at Pace University, Cyndi had her first internship in the nonprofit sector with Helpusadopt.org, a decision that had been precipitated by her adopted brother. After a few weeks supporting the organization’s mission, Cyndi knew she had found her future career path: working in the nonprofit sector.
It can be challenging to maintain an ongoing role in the nonprofit/community service field due to the lack of funding for full-time, permanent employees. However, Cyndi has learned from her journey that it is incredibly important to believe in yourself and the skills you bring to your field of interest.
Because of her past professional experiences, she has become a well-rounded and passionate contributor to WIN. In her current role at WIN, Cyndi is able to support the team and the families in many different ways including volunteer placement and staff support. She says it is very encouraging to receive feedback from volunteers that they are both learning and having fun in their volunteer role. She says it is equally thrilling when she receives praising feedback from the staff in regards to the volunteer support.
Much of Cyndi’s time is spent thinking of ways to expand and grow WIN’s events and programs; she is proud to report that her department was able to host both a Thanksgiving and Holiday Event for every one of their sites this year! Cyndi says at times, her role can be challenging since some of the WIN sites are not located in the most convenient locations. She is always in search of volunteers and groups willing to travel to these sites so that each of them receives opportunities for their clients to learn from and enjoy.