ALBANY (RELEASE) – Senator Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo) honored WNY Women’s Foundation Executive Director Sheri Scavone Tuesday as part of Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York’s Women in Human Services Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, which recognized honorees in Albany, highlighted the critical work and advocacy by human services workers across the state, 81% of whom are women. The event was also part of a rallying call for legislators to implement wage increases for nonprofit workers and other workers left out of the state allocated increases for direct care workers in last year’s budget.
Since 2014, Scavone has fought tirelessly alongside Kennedy to expand the Workforce Development Institute’s Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Program in Erie County, increasing the income eligibility for child care subsidies to 275% of the federal poverty level – a program already fully funded by New York in seven other counties statewide. Together, Kennedy, Scavone, and many WNY family, labor, and health advocates have stressed the importance of affordable and accessible childcare in order to support and fuel economic growth and stability among families.
“Sheri Scavone has been a fearless leader in support of programs for women and girls in the Western New York community,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “She has been innovative in bringing in different programming and supporting local organizations that stand behind women and girls and supported educational programs, job training, and social initiatives for women in this community. I believe that she is a standout champion for women and deserves this honor.”
“I am truly honored to receive statewide acknowledgment of the work that the WNY Women’s Foundation is doing to create a culture of possibilities so that each girl and woman may reach their full potential,” said Sheri Scavone. “I thank Senator Kennedy for his continued partnership to create a vibrant community where women can thrive.”
Citing her extensive involvement through the region, as well as her trained background as a physical therapist, Kennedy underscored Scavone’s commitment to the underserved and underrepresented across New York. Prior to joining the WNY Women’s Foundation in 2014, Scavone served as the Director of Cancer Services for the NYS Department of Health, President/CEO of Gilda’s Club Capital Region, and Chief Development Officer at Bellevue Women’s Hospital. Her advocacy continues outside the workplace as well, serving as a member on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits, including Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, SEFCU, and the Steering Committing of Save WNYCPC.
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