L-r, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien, Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Christopher Smith, President of Marywood’s Student Veterans Alliance; Lauren Williams, Director of Marywood’s Military & Veterans Services; Joel Lesh, Vice President of Marywood’s Student Veterans Alliance; and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.
Student Veterans Alliance from Marywood University received a “Good Works” certificate from the Lackawanna County Commissioners for their commitment to serving the needs and academic advancement of their comrades. The organization, which was recently named “Chapter of the Month” by Student Veterans of America, conducted the “Operation Tails For Troops” fund raiser that generated $12,000 to support shelter dogs and military personnel with post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. The group also received accolades for its “Flags For The Fallen” initiative.
Also, Staff members from the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) gather with the Lackawanna County Commissioners for a proclamation designating April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.” The CAC has been the leader in combating child abuse, neglect and exploitation by providing specialized trauma therapy, education, and advocacy services. Last year, the agency expanded its operation by opening a Teen Advocacy Center for youth 13-18 years old.
(Information from Joseph A. D'Arienzo
Lackawanna County Communications Director)
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