Unity with Our Community – Rescheduled

On Friday, March 15th, Hilbert College students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in our rescheduled Unity with Our Community event, a service day devoted to carrying on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in our community. This day is an opportunity for us at Hilbert to connect with the work Dr. King advocated for and to understand the importance of taking action to promote equality, justice, respect, and compassion.

Current community partners for the day include:

716 MinistriesA community development organization that stabilizes neighborhoods by restoring neglected housing stock. The organization sells these rehabilitated homes at a low cost, to community members and first-time homebuyers, largely thanks to the faithful volunteers that serve with the agency.

Compass HouseProvides runaway, homeless, and street youth with safe shelter and services. Compass House stands as one of the nation’s oldest shelter and service providers for youth of all gender identities, offering shelter, counseling, and so much more.

Food Bank of WNYThe primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York. The agency obtains nutritious food and distributes support to our community members throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties.

Little Portion Friary: A volunteer-run organization that brings forth the mission of the Catholic Church to provide food for the hungry, clothing for the undressed, and shelter for the homeless.

Salvation Army in Buffalo: Provides a variety of programs and services that annually benefit over 30,000 economically disadvantaged people. The Salvation Army is an integral part of the local human service network, providing housing, clothing, nutritional, social, and spiritual assistance through a wide range of separate but interrelated programs and services.

S.S. Columba Brigid: A neighborhood, multicultural Catholic church where all are welcome.

Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY, Inc.: a nonprofit corporation offering U.S. Veterans and their families the convenience of a one-stop, barrier-free location in which to access a holistic range of social and health services in the comfort of a “home base” environment that is always welcoming, affirming and responsive to their needs.

PLEASE NOTE:
If you registered for the original date for Unity with Our Community, you will need to re-register online prior to the event. Please complete the registration form online at hilbert.edu/UWOC.

Holiday Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | PHOTO GALLERY

Our 11th annual Holiday Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra featured a visit from Dr. Brophy, Hilbert’s incoming President. The BPO performed classic, fun Christmas tunes and also included a sing-along to a several holiday favorites. A piece from the popular holiday movie The Polar Express ended the night with everyone feeling festive and ready to begin the holiday season.

Tune into some of the selections played during the concert on our Spotify playlist here!

Hilbert’s Own Rachel Wozniak Awarded by Compass House

Rachel Wozniak (Assistant Director, Center for Career & Community Engagement) was recently awarded with the Martha Martin Youth Advocacy Award from Compass House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth in Erie County. The award was given in recognition of Wozniak’s work with Hilbert students via service learning and community engagement events to benefit Compass House and their clients.

Wozniak received the award during the Compass House’s “Big Hat & Tacky Tie Brunch,” an annual event hosted in support of Compass House’s programs.

Rachel Wozniak pictured with Lisa Freeman, Executive Director of Compass House

The Hilbert community is proud to support Compass House in their mission “To provide runaway, homeless and street youth with safe shelter and services, through a voluntary and mutually agreed-upon process, in an environment that supports dignity, respect and self-reliance.” Compass House is the area’s only shelter for both male and female youth, serving ages 12-17 with voluntary, confidential, and free services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Rachel Wozniak was joined at the event with the support of her husband Dan Wozniak, mother-in-law Mrs. Wozniak, sisters Connie Wittmeyer and Denise Williams, Director of the Center for Career and Community Engagement Katie Martoche, and Hilbert alum Erika Betz (’17).

We are extremely proud of the entire Hilbert family for continuously working hard to benefit our community. Please join us in congratulating Rachel if you see her around campus!

Alum Bill Haas Represents Team USA

This past July, Hilbert alumnus Bill Haas ’08 represented Team USA in the International Triathlon Union’s Long Course World Triathlon Championships held in Fyn, Denmark. The event, which took Haas just over 8 hours to complete, included a 3 km swim (1.9 miles), 121.5 km bike (75.5 miles), and a 30 km run (18.7 miles) done in sequence.

 

Haas qualified for Team USA at the Long Distance Triathlon National Championships in Miami last November. Bill’s mother Karen, wife Bryana, and three children (Levi 7, Hannah 5, and Aliza 5) worked almost as hard cheering for 8 hours as he swam, biked, and ran. Haas’ family celebrated with a two week European vacation and, of course, a trip to Disneyland.

 

Congratulations Bill!