SWANSEA – James E. Dolin of Swansea, MA has been re-elected to serve as President of the Citizens for Citizens, Inc. (CFC) Board of Directors. Mr. Dolin was chosen by a unanimous vote during the CFC Annual Meeting held at the Venus De Milo Restaurant June 18,2014. Also elected as CFC officers were First Vice President, Jacqueline Cummings; Second Vice President, Marin Vat; Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr.; and Secretary, Ronald Costa.
The Citizens for Citizens, Inc. Executive Director, Mark A. Sullivan, Jr. presented the Directors’ Annual Report and thanked the Board of Directors for the important impact they make on their local community while serving as members of the Board. He emphasized that they should be proud of the work CFC has accomplished during their tenure. Mr. Sullivan also praised the work done by the program directors and staff of Citizens for Citizens, Inc. in helping the less fortunate families in our service area during a time when funding resources are being reduced and requests for assistance are greatly increasing.
CFC First Vice President, Jackie Cummings, presented the Edward J. Sullivan Scholarship. Ms. Cummings stated, “It gives me great pleasure to present the scholarship to Samantha Haines.” “Ms. Haines is a 2014 graduate of Bristol County Agricultural High School, ranking ninth of 109 students. Samantha earned GPA of 4.1 and will be attending University of Maine majoring in forestry.”
Treasurer, Eugene J. Kosinski, Jr. awarded the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Scholarship to Jessica Souza. Jessica attends Bristol Community College and has a GPA of 4.0. Jessica is pursing a degree as a registered nurse. Ms. Souza thanked the CFC Board of Directors for the award and stated, “That her son currently attends Head Start and 20 years ago she along with her sister were students of Head Start.”
CFC’s Taunton Office Manager, Debbie Araujo, presented the Robert J. Nagle Community Service Award to Bryan Bagge. Bryan has volunteered for Operation Christmas since he was in the 8th grade. Bryan, now in college convinces his fraternity to volunteer and help with Operation Christmas every year.
CFC Food Pantry Coordinator, Chrystal Arpa, presented the Hubert H. Humphrey Business Award to the Fall River Sam’s Club. Chrystal told the gathering that Sam’s Club donated $20,000 to the food pantry, a computer to assist with maintaining the required records for participants of the food pantry and a thousand pounds of food each week to the food pantry. Sam’s Club Store Manager, Rachel Dufault, thanked everyone for the award and stated, she is originally from Fall River and it is great to be able to give back to the community.”
Citizens for Citizens, Inc. is a Community Action Agency, established in 1965, CFC administers more than twenty programs for more than 42,000 low and moderate-income residents with expenditures exceeding 27 million dollars. CFC service area includes Fall River, Taunton and the nine surrounding towns of Berkley, Freetown, Dighton, Lakeville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea and Westport.