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Unions Giving Back: CSEA Erie County Local 815 Women’s Committee Donates More Than $8,000 To Buffalo Area Community

February 13, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Cheektowaga, NY – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members from Erie County Local 815’s Women’s Committee distributed more than $8,000 in financial donations earlier this month during an informal dinner banquet held to honor deserving local charities and non-profits, as well as a CSEA family from the Buffalo metropolitan area.

“All these groups and individuals who received financial contributions from our committee are doing ‘amazing’ work.  The ‘CSEA Family is a very giving and loving crew’ – and the recipients were ‘thrilled to receive our attention and help,’” said Judi Knight, the CSEA’s Local Women’s Committee Chair and who served as the event’s host.

Those receiving donations were:

  • Registered Nurse Mary Molly Shea a Patient Safety Investigator who works with victims of sexual assault at the Erie County Medical Center.  Shea has initiated a program at the facility called, Healing Threads, which offers victims of violent crimes new clothes and necessary personal items before they leave emergency care at the hospital.
  • Dani Heferle, the Community Liaison from Child & Family Services/Haven House, which was founded in 1979 by the Coalition for Victims of Domestic Violence (now known as the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence).  For more than 35 years, the non-profit has been working to prevent domestic violence and intimate partner violence in the home.  Services are based on a continuum of care, ranging from a fully-inclusive emergency shelter in a confidential location to long-term transitional housing.  The continuum of care includes an extensive counseling and advocacy program for all individuals – regardless of gender.
  • Vincent Dusch, Plymouth House/Plymouth Crossroads, a non-profit organization located in the Buffalo Suburb of Lancaster that offers transitional housing for disconnected, abused and homeless young men ages 16 through 20.  As a voluntary residence, services are aimed at preventing youth from returning to homelessness, creating a more stable and productive living situation while preparing them for independence.  The goal is for every resident to transform themselves into a contributing, productive member of society.  The Plymouth Crossroads’ philosophy affirms the right of every child to food, shelter, safety and assistance in growing into a healthy adult.
  • The Schultz Family: On October 25th, a West Seneca Highway Department Employee was involved in a tragic accident with his town sewer maintenance vehicle.  He died of his injuries four days later at the Erie County Medical Center.  Donald F. Schultz, 53, a 30-year CSEA Employee of the town, was working on a project on Glenmar Drive around 9 a.m. when he lost his footing and slipped beneath the wheels of his truck while it was still in motion, according to police reports.  Crews said he was flushing a sanitary sewer line at the time of the accident. Schultz was a father of six children.  His son Matt attended the dinner and accepted a check on behalf of his family to help with ongoing expenses.  West Seneca Unit President Brian Cummins was also in attendance.
February 12, 2017

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