United Way holds annual recognition event

United Way’s annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast took place recently at the Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. Adam M. Bartoszek, Western New York Regional Volunteer Center Program Director for The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc., was the keynote speaker at this year’s event.

As part of this celebration, Bartoszek and the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County were proud to announce a new online resource to help connect individuals with volunteer opportunities. The site, , was launched in partnership with United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, and The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. Not-for-profits are able to create organizational profiles and post volunteer opportunities at no cost. Individuals can then search for something that fits their schedule and fuels their passion for helping others.

A total of 13 different agencies recognized volunteers who have made a profound difference in their work environment. Each volunteer received a gift from the United Way and a Certificate of Recognition signed by Senator Catharine Young. Although he could not attend, Greg Edwards, Chautauqua County Executive, sent a letter which was read by Deborah Tederous, Executive Director of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, congratulating each volunteer.

The breakfast not only recognized volunteers nominated by different agencies, but also featured other awards to individuals who have made an impact in the community. International Union Painters and Allied Trades District Council #4 (IUPAT DC#4) Finishing Trades Institute of Western and Central New York was given the Labor Community Service Award for their outstanding work painting the interior of the United Way building this past February. The volunteers donated their time, skills, and friendly demeanor as a way of giving back to the community.

Raymond Rushboldt was the guest of honor at this year’s event. Rushboldt, a Political Science Lecturer at SUNY Fredonia, was recognized for his hands-on volunteering within the community. Along with serving as the Vice President of Allocations and Fund Distribution for the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, he also volunteers as a member of the College Senate, as Chairman of the SEFA campaign at SUNY Fredonia, Director of the SUNY Model European Union, an advisor to a variety of student groups, and a member of the Chautauqua County Youth Board.

Volunteers listed alphabetically by agency: Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America, Dr. Robert Ellis; American Red Cross SWNY Chapter, Charlie Meder; Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, Ken Dawson; Camp Gross Foundation, Amanda Westling; CBA Vision Rehabilitation Services, Sally Olow; Chautauqua Adult Day Care Center Dunkirk, Ray Warlikowski; Chautauqua Adult Day Care Center Westfield, John Monroe; Chautauqua County Rural Ministries, Carmen Quinones; Chautauqua Striders, Wendy Heslink; Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, Carol Oliveira; Family Service of the Chautauqua Region, Joelle Washer; Girl Scouts of Western New York, Connie Wojcinski; United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, Raymond Rushboldt; Westfield YWCA, Ivelisse Higginbotham.

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County would like to thank the following for sponsoring this event: Community Bank, NA, Community Investment Services, Dunkirk Labor Council, The Evans Agency, and Lake Shore Savings.