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Articles Posted March 2014

Murrysville Kiwanis Donates to ESCA

posted March 20, 2014
Murrysville Kiwanis Donates to ESCA Over twenty years ago, East Suburban Citizen Advocacy (ESCA) coordinator Carol Ax visited the Murrysville Kiwanis Club. She introduced ESCA’s program through which people with disabilities and challenges are matched with an advocate. Kiwanis Charter Member Pearl Smith chose to become involved and was matched with a young woman that lives in a group home with two other older women with challenges. Twenty four years later, Pearl and Debbie are still friends who enjoy dining out, shopping, and taking walks and rides together. It’s been very rewarding for both since Pearl had a daughter die in a tragic auto accident and Debbie’s mom had succumbed to cancer before their ESCA match up was made.

As a result, ESCA has been a chosen recipient for Kiwanis funding through the years. Recently, Kate Cala, ESCA’s Executive Director, and Rose House, administrative assistant were presented a $1,000 check from the Murrysville Kiwanis Club to help grow ESCA’s programs and activities.

We depend on advocates like Pearl whose commitment to ESCA is shared and supported by a heartfelt “Thank You” to Pearl and the Murrysville Kiwanis for helping us to continue to positively change and enrich lives through advocacy.

ESCA Receives Award from Rotary

posted March 01, 2014
ESCA Receives Award from RotaryIn late February, the Murrysville Export Rotary presented a check to East Suburban Citizen Advocacy as well as several other community service organizations. On hand to receive the donation were Kate Cala, Executive Director, and Donna Forys, ESCA Board Member. Kate thanked the Rotarians for their contribution and indicated the award would be used to update much of their aging electronic equipment in the office to better serve their mission.

The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.

ESCA is very grateful for the generous award from the Murrysville Export Rotary!