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Federation of Social Workers Announces Recipients of the 2015 Ed Grabowski-Dina Finn Memorial Scholarship

The Federation of Social Workers is proud to announce announce the two winners of the annual Ed Grabowski-Dina Finn Memorial Scholarships: Erin Barone, a senior at the College of Brockport, and Melayka Amelia Brown Cruz, a senior at Greece-Olympia High School.

Barone studies nursing at the College of Brockport. She has been involved with Federation events and activities since she was young and has participated in rallies, parades and collections for the Salvation Army and Melita House. She hopes to use the skills she has learned from her Federation involvement to become part of a health care union. Barone lives in Henrietta.

Cruz has been active with the Federation for 10 years. She has participated in various walks for breast cancer, Trayvon Martin, the March on Washington, and multiple sclerosis. She has also been a participant in domestic violence prevention workshops. Cruz said growing up with her mother in the labor movement has helped her share experiences with her classmates. She hopes to continue to fight for justice for workers. Cruz will be studying at the College of Brockport or UNC in the fall, where she will major in nursing.

“We are proud to be able to help support Erin and Melayka in their educational careers, and we wish them great success,” said Federation president Chad Kyler.
Erin Barone
Melayka Amelia Brown Cruz


The Federation is now accepting nominations in all categories for this year's Human Service Worker of the Year Awards event, which will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Previous recipients of these awards have come from a wide variety of human service areas including: education, health care, law enforcement, public safety, social work, volunteers, business and other community organizations. Any efforts that are made by individuals or groups, which serve those in need in our community, are eligible for consideration by our panel of judges. Please nominate a co-worker, volunteer, colleague, organization or business in our community that you believe deserves special recognition for their exceptional contributions to helping others. Nominations can be completed and submitted online and only require a simple narrative describing in your own words why you feel they deserve be honored.
Click HERE to access the nomination form.

FSW is honored to have received the 2015 True Colors Award from Pride at Work!
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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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