Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2021 Ed Grabowski-Dina Finn Memorial Scholarships!
If you are a member of the Federation of Social Workers and have a child or grandchild graduating high school (or already in college - see link for details) - don't delay and APPLY NOW for one of two FSW College Scholarships! Make sure to submit the easy online application below before the June 1st deadline!
As a result, we have also extended the deadline for nominations in the various categories to Wednesday, September 8, 2021. To make a nomination, please click on the button below to access our online nomination form. Our honorees have traditionally come from a wide range of human service professions including social work, healthcare, education, law enforcement, legal and others. Awards are also presented to volunteers, corporate contributors, nonprofit organizations and students. Please don't hesitate to make a nomination!
During the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, human service workers have made unimaginable and invaluable contributions to helping those in need. We are anxious to have the community identify those individuals and organizations for their extraordinary and heroic efforts, both as professionals and as volunteers.
Our Lifetime Achievement Award honoree for 2020-21 is Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy. The response from the community to her selection has been overwhelming!
In a city ranked among the poorest in the nation, The House of Mercy is a vital refuge for people who have nowhere else to turn. It would not exist without the tireless efforts of Sister Grace Miller, the woman some people call “Rochester’s Mother Teresa”. The House of Mercy provides food, clothing, shelter, healthcare services and many other forms of assistance to thousands of extremely poor people in Rochester every year.
Ever since the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, Sister Grace Miller has been a strong voice in our community for the poor, the homeless, people with mental illness who have been abandoned on the streets, people of color, people who face discrimination in housing and employment, and others who have few effective advocates in a world where empathy and compassion are increasingly becoming endangered values. She has been stopping to help people for more than 50 years. She has worked 12,000 long days to help the poor. The last paycheck she took from the mission she founded - was in 1992. She has made the Rochester community a better and more compassionate place.
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 professional, volunteer, or other 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 2021 is Kimberly Majors. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.
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Steve Modica has been a loyal supporter of the Federation of Social Workers and its charitable events for many years. All of us at FSW want to congratulate Steve on this tremendous honor!
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