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July 2, 2021

Featured Intern: Matt Rozansky

Matt Rozansky is the summer program intern for the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. He currently coordinates multiple aspects of United Way’s Summer Backpack program. The Summer Backpack program is a collaboration with United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Feeding Westchester, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Door Dash, and other local partners. This program provides food pantry items, books, and engaging educational activities to qualifying households each week during the summer. This weekly distribution aims to ensure that children maintain the skills they have acquired during the school year, while also working to eliminate hunger in the community. The materials provided by the Summer Backpack program will enable children to practice, maintain, and improve their academic skills while also reducing food insecurity in our community.

Matt graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a minor in Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention.  He has also completed the first year of his Master’s in Public Administration and will begin his second year this fall.

“I am volunteering at United Way because of its extensive network and the outreach that they do in many communities,” said Matt. “For my internship, I wanted to work at an organization that was making a real and tangible impact on the lives of people in my surrounding communities. I have been impressed by the multifaced approach United Way uses to fight for every community member’s health, education, and financial stability. I was drawn specifically to the Summer Learning program and am excited to have the opportunity to lead a new program which will positively impact children.”

Matt was born in Mount Kisco but grew up in Larchmont, where he still resides with his family. He has volunteered at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Food Pantry and was also involved with other service organizations during his time in high school and college. In the fall, Matt will be a graduate assistant for the Public Service-Learning Community in the dorms where he lived on campus.

Matt has a strong long-term interest in public service and philanthropy, which his education and activities at Binghamton University reinforced. Matt is passionate about traveling and was studying abroad in Prague before the COVID-19 pandemic began. He hopes to return to Europe once things return to normal. Matt also enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly tennis and basketball.