by Joseph H. RADDER
Viola Soles love of meeting and helping people in need is evident by the thousand hours a year she dedicates to serving the community.
Violas participation in organizations such as the American Federation of State,
County & Municipal Employees Civil Service Employees Association, Officer Local
403-Buffalo Psychiatric Center, ASFCME, and International Coalition of Black Trade
Unionists keep her schedule full. She is also very active on the Citizen Advisory
Committee to the Commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department and serves as a Certified
AIDS counselor at the Gloria Parks Community Center.
The Near Eastside Youth & Family Collaborative and United Way Day of Caring and
Annual Campaign add to the list of Violas commitments.
There are many people in need, said Viola. I wouldnt feel right
if I didnt help.
In recognition of her contributions to the community, the United Way honored her with
the 1999 George L. Wessel Honorary Labor Award, given to a labor worker who exhibits
excellence in service in the community.
A medical claims processor at the New York State Office of Mental Health at the Buffalo
Psychiatric Center, Viola has been an employee of the state since 1974.
Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.
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