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VOICE-Buffalo Honors Catholic Charities CEO with Community Commitment Award

by jtan
Mon, Apr 28th 2014 09:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 28, 2014 - Catholic Charities of Buffalo's Chief Executive Officer Dennis C. Walczyk received the Community Commitment Award from VOICE-Buffalo at its annual Celebration Banquet held April 24 at the Pearl Street Grill and attended by about 300 VOICE-Buffalo members and friends.

VOICE-Buffalo is an interracial, urban-suburban coalition of 28 faith-based congregations and community, business and labor leaders of Buffalo and Erie County that works to act powerfully on local, regional, state and national issues of justice and equity through community-building, negotiation with decisionmakers, and direct action.

The Community Commitment Award recognizes an individual or organization that "strives to serve the needs of the under-served among us through service or volunteerism," according to VOICE-Buffalo.

Presenting the award to Walczyk was Kelin Spell, a Project JUMP Start client in Catholic Charities' Education and Workforce Development department.

In accepting the award, Walczyk credited his faith, his family and Catholic Charities with his passion for working to effect change in his community. He noted that Catholic Charities was the first institutional member that joined in 2007 and has been involved ever since. As a result, Walczyk said he believed the award was fittingly in recognition of and on behalf of Catholic Charities' long-time involvement with VOICE-Buffalo and the nature of the human service organization's work and mission, serving people in need with dignity and compassion.

Other honorees were: Nehemiah Award - Duane Diggs, VOICE-Buffalo president; Faith in Action Awards - Rev. James Giles, Back to Basics Ministries and Rev. Dan Schifeling, retired United Church of Christ minister; Ntosake Award - Karima Amin founder of Prisoners are People too.

Keynote Speaker for the event was Dr. John Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge, Mass.

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York.  For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator.

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