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 November 2020 is Virginia "Ginny" Baggs. Please click below to learn more about her valuable contribution of service to the community.
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J'Anna Worth is a recent graduate of World of Inquiry High School. She will be attending North Carolina A&T and studying Architecture Engineering. Worth participated in the Labor Day parade, Federation of Social Workers Labor Day picnic and the 2019 UAW strike. She has also been an active member in junior missionary, student council and Roc Restorative.
Worth stated, "As a participant in these groups, it has allowed me to flourish as a leader and a volunteer. After high school, my goals are to go to college and major in Architecture – with plans of bringing my knowledge and skills back to the Rochester community."
Dasia Alston is a 2020 graduate of Athena High School who will be attending the University of Albany in the fall and studying Biology. Alston assisted at the Federation of Social Workers Labor Day picnic and helped tutor a young student. She has volunteered at Unity Hospital as a patient transporter and been involved in National Honors Society.
Alston said, "My aspirations in life are to be a voice for the people, and become a doctor along with engaging in activism and philanthropy so that I am able to help people – mostly the working and lower class people. I would like to to become an asset in helping aid people to better wages, more resources and better protection."
The Federation of Social Workers wishes J'Anna Worth and Dasia Alston great success in their future academic and professional careers.
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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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