Pronto of Long Island, Inc. the outreach center whose mission is to feed the hungry and clothe the needy, recently named Marc Soto of Merrick, N.Y. as the center’s new director. Soto has a law degree from the University of Nebraska and an extensive background in diversity and inclusion, training and development and general law practice.
As director, Soto will be responsible for leading the agency in its work connecting members of the community with agencies, services and training. Pronto’s food pantry, which served up to 14,000 food insecure people monthly in 2020, continues to see an increase in those in need of food.
“As Pronto’s director I hope to continue to meet many of the needs of our community and lead them on a path to peace, stability and independence,” Soto said. “Food insecurity is a major threat to many families in the communities that we serve and across the country and so our top priorities will be to continue to address this issue and to reintroduce the detailed intake process to facilitate services, education and training and development.”
“Marc brings a diverse skill set and expertise that are a perfect fit for Pronto’s mission of caring for those in need.,” said Robert S. Budd, CEO, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). “We know that he can meet the challenges that face our community during this difficult time.”
Soto also added that Pronto’s work could not be done without the work of volunteers and donors.
“We need your help to address these and many of the other needs of the families we serve, whether it is through a donation of time, clothing or money, your generosity will be instrumental in our ability to do our work,” he said.
Soto’s past experiences include those in the legal profession with an expert diversity and inclusion, contract specialist, customer service, training and development, human resources, project management and operations. He is a motivational public speaker and trainer in multiple areas including organ and tissue donation. Soto also serves a volunteer firefighter in the Merrick Hook and Ladder Company No. 1.
For more information or to volunteer call 631-231-8290.