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    IUE-CWA 81381, AFL-CIO

Annual DHS/FSW Holiday Craft and Baked Food Sale

Proceeds benefit Alyssa’s Angels Foundation
Learn more at alyssasangels.org
12/06/18 at St. Paul St.
12/07/18 at Westfall Rd.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bakers also need to bring goodies the day of the sale


Almost 300 community members gathered at the Riverside Convention Center on Friday, November 2nd, to recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions of service by a number of extraordinary individuals and organizations. We hope that you had an opportunity to attend this uplifting, heartwarming and inspirational event!


Announcement of the honorees at this year's Human Service Worker of the Year Awards luncheon!

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce the honorees at this year's Human Service Worker of the Year Awards luncheon! Please join us in supporting them.
  • Human Service Worker (public sector)
    Johanna Lockemeyer, Monroe Community Hosptal

  • Human Service Worker (private sector)
    Veronica Black Turner, Children Awaiting Parents

  • John L. Seebach Volunteer Award
    John Prewasnicak, Special Olympics

  • Courage Award
    Maria Fisher

  • Corporate Contributor
    ​ ​ESL Federal Credit Union

  • Human Service Family
    Alicia and Josh Doughterty

  • Non-Profit Organization
    Outreach Community Center

  • Bertina Forde Rising Star Award
    Katie Barone, CPS/MCDHS

  • Next Generation Contributor
    Maeve Reed, Fairport High School
  • W. Burton Richardson Lifetime Achievement
    Hilda Rosario Escher, Ibero
    James Norman, Action for a Better Community
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.
Federation of Social Workers president, Kendall Bell (on the right) and LaKeisha Poole (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.

Click Here for the Nomination Form

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 October 2018 is LaKeisha Poole. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.

October Member of the Month

Congratulations, LaKeisha

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.

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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