For her commitment to transforming the lives of people in need, Donna Corrado, chief operating officer of catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc., affiliate of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, was this year's recipient of the noteworthy Reverend Robert V. Lott Humanitarian Award presented by the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. (CSCS).
Donna has served Catholic Charities for over 18 years and is credited with expanding Catholic Charities' portfolio of services. Currently, Catholic Charities provides over 180 programs and services throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
Reverend Robert V. Lott was a compassionate visionary, advocate and gifted leader, as well as a pioneer in creating new ways to serve those with needs, especially the elderly. A Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Lott began to show his skills at organizing and motivating others by the early 1970's when he co-founded the Caring Community, a coalition of churches, synagogues, and St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center, to serve the needs of the elderly in Greenwich Village. The Caring Community continues today as a vibrant resource for senior citizens. The Reverend V. Lott Humanitarian Award was established in his memory after his death in 2002 by CSCS, who present the award to individuals demonstrating Fr. Lott's commitment and passion to serving older New Yorkers.
Photo caption: Donna Corrado, center, chief operating officer of Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. accepts the Rev. Robert V. Lott Award from the Council of Senior Centers and Services, Inc.'s William Dionne, CSCS Board President, left, and Bobbie Sackman, CSCS Public Policy Director, right.