Eight area parishioners were recognized with Works of Love awards at the annual Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry Dinner. The banquet was held June 8 at the Hill Top Inn in Elmira.
Recipients were honored for their many efforts in social-ministry causes. They are:
* Jack Keefe, a member of St. Mary Southside Parish, Elmira. He serves as a mentor for unemployed men, providing them with opportunities to participate in the life of the community and gain practical experience. He also has served the local community through both elected and voluntary leadership positions for several decades. In addition, he takes part in music ministry for funeral Masses at St. Mary Church.
* Sharon Birdsall from Chemung County Ladies of Charity/Christ the Redeemer Parish, Elmira. She brings her professional catering skills to the service of neighbors-in-need at Elmira Community Kitchen, where she has served for more than a decade with the Ladies of Charity team of volunteer chefs. She also participates in helping stock local food pantries and other outreach projects of the Ladies of Charity.
* Dick and Helen McGill from Christ the Redeemer Parish in Elmira. The McGills have been Respect Life leaders in the local community for more than 20 years. In addition, Helen is an active volunteer at Catholic Charities Samaritan Center and at Elmira Community Kitchen, where she helps to plan, shop for, prepare and serve meals.
* Dona Cincebox of St. Mary Our Mother Parish, Horseheads. She has served as leader for her parish volunteer chef team at Elmira Community Kitchen for nearly a decade, coordinating the meals they plan, prepare and serve monthly.
* Emilie Stuhlmiller of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes, Tioga County. She has been a member of the parish social-ministry committee for more than 10 years and has helped the ministry sustain and renew its work as the parishes have reconfigured. She helps organize the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten soup suppers, gathers signatures on petitions during the annual Diocesan Public Policy Weekend, sells Mothers’ Day carnations to benefit Birthright and is active in community civic life.
* Karen and Aimee Churchill from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Elmira. Mother and daughter have served for more than five years as coordinators of the parish’s annual Christmas Basket Project, which involves preparing and delivering baskets of food, gifts and household supplies for more than 75 families with children. They also are active members of their parish’s social-ministry committee and participate in CRS Fair Trade sales, providing flowers for homebound parishioners, bake sale benefits for Elmira Community Kitchen, Diocesan Public Policy Weekend and other ministry initiatives.