The recipient of the 11th Annual Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award has been chosen.
The winner is Bonnie Nichols, who was nominated for the award by her daughter-in-law Rachael Nichols. Bonnie has volunteered with Living in Liberty in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, since 2013. She leads the street outreach of the organization, where she walks the streets to find and make contact with prostitutes in order to help meet their immediate need of food and clothing. She then teaches them about what Living in Liberty can offer them. Bonnie also works at the care center, where she helps build relationships with these women while providing them with hot meals, a clean, safe place to rest, and giving them love and support in order to help them navigate their way out of the bondage of prostitution.
Living in Liberty’s goal is to restore dignity and freedom to victims of human trafficking. They do so by providing a loving and nurturing community which offers a secure and loving home environment where victims receive the care, treatment, and education necessary to move beyond their painful pasts and into a bright future. They also educate the community at large about sex trafficking, its prevalence worldwide, and right here in our own communities. These victims receive emotional and spiritual support, healthcare, education and skills training, food, clothing, legal counseling, and more.
In honor of Bonnie’s dedication and service, Clearview is making a $2,500 donation to Living in Liberty. The organization will use the donation to expand their sphere of influence from 5 communities within Southwestern PA to 7 locations, including Butler. They hope to also expand vertically to work upstream at the source of this complex issue, by increasing their community outreach and education to help prevent young girls from falling prey to trafficking in the first place.
The Joseph C. Cirelli Community Service Award was created to recognize a person who provides outstanding volunteer service to his/her community. The award is named in honor of former Clearview President/CEO Joseph Cirelli who served the Credit Union for 35 years.