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    FEDERATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
    IUE-CWA 81381, AFL-CIO

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Hilda Hescher
James Norman

Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman to Receive Human Service Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Executive Board of the Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce that they have selected both Hilda Rosario Escher of Ibero, and James Norman of Action for a Better Community, to receive their 2018 W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented at the 14th Annual Human Services Worker of the Year luncheon on November 2, 2018 at the Joseph Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Previous Lifetime Achievement honorees have included among others: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Sheriff Andrew Meloni, Garth Fagan, Mayor William Johnson and NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy. The 2017 honoree was Mary Whittier of the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.

Hilda Rosario Escher will be leaving her position as the President and CEO of the Ibero-American Action League at the end of this year. She had previously served as Ibero’s Director of Day Care Services, Director of Foster Care Services and Director of Developmental Disability Services. Escher's professional accomplishments also include: growing the division for developmental Disabilities from a $350,000 budget to $7 million, launching the First Upstate 24hr Latino Radio Station and increasing scholarship opportunities for high school students from 8 to 86.

James Norman retired as CEO of Action for A Better Community in February of this year, after serving 25 years in that position. During his tenure and under his leadership, ABC greatly expanded and improved the programs and services it offers to the Rochester community. He remains actively involved as a volunteer with several local organizations.

“We are very proud to be honoring Hilda Rosario Escher and James Norman for their extraordinary careers in human service. They have both been incredible contributors to our community and are extremely deserving recipients of these awards.”, said Federation president Kendall Bell.

With this announcement, the Federation will also begin accepting nominations from the community for a variety of human service awards for both individuals and organizations. Please the button below to access the online nomination form, which includes a complete list of awards and categories for the 2018 Human Services event.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Human Service Awards!
Make sure to submit the easy online application below before the September 25th deadline!

Nomination Form

The Federation's tentative contract agreement with Monroe County was approved by membership vote on July 26, 2018.
The vote was 332 "YES" to 206 "NO".


Ayanna Sampson
Khala Anderson

2018 Scholarship Winners Announced

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce their 2018 Ed Grabowski/Dina Finn Memorial scholarship winners: Ayanna Sampson and Khala Anderson.

Ayanna Sampson is a senior at Aquinas Institute. She plans to attend college to become a Physician's Assistant. Sampson participated with the Federation of Social Workers, in making Holiday baskets for men and women in military service. She also has tutored, worked in soup kitchens, helped run youth basketball tournaments, assisted with community gardens, volunteered at Rochester General Hospital and at a local rehabilitation center.

Khala Anderson is a senior at Irondequoit High School. She will attend Mercyhurst University in the fall to study Business in Intelligence. Anderson has been involved in community mentoring and volunteering at organizations such as: Tasteful Memories, blood drives, Goodwill and Action for a Better Community Programs.
Federation of Social Workers president, Kendall Bell (on the right), Renaja McDonald (Center), FSW Retiree Council president, John Rabish (on the left)

Federation of Social Workers
“Member of the Month”

We are pleased to announce a new program that will recognize a Federation “Member of the Month”. This person will be honored for his or her outstanding contributions of service to the entire community.

There will be a “Member of the Month” recognized every month, year around. If you would like to nominate a FSW Member who has done exceptional volunteer work or community service please fill out this nomination form.

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Each month’s honoree will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of their choice, courtesy of the Retirees Council of the FSW, Modica Law Firm and Edge Advertising Group.



Our honoree for April 2018 is Renaja McDonald. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.

April Future Member of the Month

Congratulations, Renaja!

Kendall Bell Interview on "Shift Change" Local Radio Show

About The Federation of Social Workers

The Monroe County Federation of Social Workers, IUE-CWA Local 81381, is the oldest public sector social worker union in the United States of America. During our more than fifty years of existence we have provided diligent representation to our membership, which now includes more than nine hundred employees of the County of Monroe in upstate New York.

Our members are dedicated human service professionals who are both caring and committed to the entire community. Their tireless efforts at their jobs, and also as volunteers supporting many local charities, have improved the quality of life for everyone in Monroe County.

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