2013 Champions for Children: The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation
The Homeless Children Education Fund is proud and honored to recognize The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation as the 2013 HCEF Champions for Children. Both organizations have supported HCEF and our mission to provide educational opportunities to children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County since we began in 1999.
In 2009, they provided guidance and financial support to start the Homeless Education Network (HEN). The HEN is a collaboration of organizations in Allegheny County that are working together to support a wide range of educational opportunities for all children experiencing homelessness.
Accepting the award for The Heinz Endowments was Dr. Stanley W. Thompson- Education Program Director and for The Pittsburgh Foundation was Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W.- Director of Community Initiatives/Senior Program Officer.
We are very grateful to both organizations for their vision and passion in helping HCEF provide “Hope through Learning."
Linda A. Dickerson Award: HCEF After School Instructors
This award is presented annually to individuals who provide opportunities to children experiencing homeless with direct day-to-day support. Their passion and dedication has a significant impact on children throughout Allegheny County. The award is named in honor of Linda A. Dickerson who helped with the formation of HCEF and served as the organizations first Board Chair.
This year the award recognized the efforts of our Afterschool Program Team, a group of highly skilled, professional educators who have dedicated themselves to supporting children at our afterschool program sites. The Team plays a vital role in helping students residing at housing agencies to succeed in school. The team is comprised of afterschool instructors, the volunteer trainer, and the literacy specialist.
The team members are: Mary Clemons, Kaitlyn Harris, Paige Hodgson, Laura Hughes, Kimberly Reed, Laura Wengerd, Jeanne Zell, Karen Perry (posthumous).
Volunteer Award: Ted Sobek
This award is presented annually to an individual who has provided outstanding volunteer support to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) and to the children we serve. The awardee is recognized at the Champions event. This year's recipient was Ted Sobek, for his dedicated fund raising through Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House. The award is named for Dr. Joseph F. Lagana, HCEF Founder for his 14 years of volunteer services to HCEF.
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