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Daemen Student Receives Top Social Work Honor

Daemen Student Receives Top Social Work Honor

Daemen College student Kathryn Procknal has been named the 2014 Student of the Year by the National Association of Social Work (NASW) - New York State Western Division. She received the award at the chapter’s annual Awards Networking Luncheon held March 27 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.

Procknal was selected for the award in recognition of her academic excellence and for personifying the values of social work as defined by the NASW Professional Code of Ethics.

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

Michael and Maureen Pratt Named Chairs of  Catholic Charities’ 2014 Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, have announced Michael and Maureen Pratt will serve as chairs, and Jake and Katie Schneider will serve as vice chairs, for the 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal.

The 90th annual campaign extends through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and seeks to raise $10.8 million to help fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York. The many services benefiting from the Appeal include education and employment assistance, behavioral health services, food pantries, basic relief services, and immigration and refugee assistance.

This year’s Appeal Week will be held April 6 through April 13. The theme of Appeal 2014 is “Heart at work.”


                                County Clerk delivers assistance to working families and individuals file tax returns

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs hosted FREE tax preparation assistance to help working families and individuals filing tax returns who are claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits at the Erie County Auto Bureau-Northtown Office.

“The time to begin filing tax returns is now, taxpayers should not wait until the last minute,” said County Clerk Jacobs. “I am pleased to take part in offering this essential service and assist taxpayers in filing accurate state and federal tax returns to ensure they receive the necessary deductions and Earned Income Tax Credit.”



County Clerk to unveil new Mobile Unit location inside AAA

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs officially unveiled the Erie County Auto Bureau’s newest On-Site Mobile location. Jacobs teamed up with the AAA Western and Central New York to make auto bureau services more convenient in Amherst with “Reservation Saturdays”.

“I pledged to restructure and improve the hours and location sites of the Erie County Auto Bureau”, said County Clerk Jacobs. “We have worked with our partners in the private sector to expand office operations and enhance hours for all motorists with no additional costs to the residents of Erie County.”

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reminds taxpayers –Earned Income Tax Credit puts money in your pocket

February 2014

                                      Federal and State Tax Credits can add up – See if you qualify

If you worked in the past year and earned $52,000 or less, you can get your taxes filed for free and you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Everyone who qualifies should take advantage of the tax credits available to them.  That is why I am pleased that the Erie County Clerk’s Office is once again partnering with the United Way CASH Program to assist taxpayers file accurate state and federal returns.  All of the credits have one thing in common, you cannot receive them if you do not file your tax return   A tax credit puts extra money in your pocket.  

Jacobs Urges DMV System Change To Have Greater Impact On Organ Donations

Jacobs Urges DMV System Change To Have Greater Impact On Organ Donations

                         Lauren’s Law Passed last year but Jacobs’ states implementation can be improved

Erie County, NY – Last year New York State passed Lauren’s Law, named after Lauren Shields who at age nine waited more than a month on an organ donation list and was put on life support before receiving a lifesaving heart transplant. Lauren’s Law requires anyone over the age of 18 getting a new driver’s license to answer whether they would like to be an organ donor. Previously the question was optional.

The goal of the law is to increase the number of individuals signing up to be organ donors when they are at the local Auto Bureaus and DMV’s. Presently 90 percent of those that sign up do so at their Auto Bureaus; however, New York State has a very low rate of organ donors compared to the national average.

Daemen Students Help Impoverished Families

Daemen Students Help Impoverished Families

Poverty-stricken residents in several rural Dominican Republic communities received life-changing assistance from Daemen College students who journeyed to the developing country on a two-week service learning trip in January.

This marked the seventh time Daemen students have participated in a service learning endeavor in the Dominican Republic. The group engaged in several hands-on projects, from providing clean drinking water to addressing public health issues, to help improve the daily lives of the local people.

In the months leading up to the overseas excursion, participants prepared with Justine Tutuska, department chair and assistant professor of health care studies and campus advisor for the service learning opportunity. The group met regularly to discuss cultural expectations and relevant health-care issues, and developed education materials to distribute on the trip.