September 1999

Viola Soles


by Joseph H. RADDER

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Viola Soles’ love of meeting and helping people in need is evident by the thousand hours a year she dedicates to serving the community.
   

Viola’s 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 Viola’s commitments.

“There are many people in need,” said Viola. “I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t 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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