Family Service head wins award

June 8, 2012
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Family Service of Greater Boston (FSGB), based on Heath Street, has received a $40,000 grant from the Aramark corporation, and FSGB CEO Randal Rucker received the company’s Building Community Executive Leadership Award.

The award and grant is one of three announced by Aramark last month.

“By supporting breakthrough programs that prepare hard-to-employ individuals for work, the Aramark Building Community Innovation Awards highlight and support best-in-class programs that are proven to put people to work and serve as  best practice examples of new, creative solutions that help families succeed and revitalize neighborhoods,” said Bev Dribin, Aramark vice president of community relations, in a press statement.

The Innovation Awards are part of Aramark Building Community, the company’s global philanthropic and volunteer commitment to strengthen community centers through grants, volunteer programs and other year-round support. The awards are hosted in partnership with United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA) and the Alliance for Children and Families (Alliance), which together form a network of independent, local community centers.

Rucker has more than 24 years of commitment to bringing together his team, public officials, the corporate world, and the private sector to drive change on the regional and national levels. Rucker has pioneered efforts that encourage responsible fatherhood and urban youth character, built programs to help children and strengthen families, and forged new paths in serving vulnerable communities.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2012 Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award,” Rucker said in a press statement. “This award is especially meaningful as it incorporates the legacy and vision of the extraordinary Peter Goldberg—a dynamic catalyst for continual excellence and innovation in the non-profit human service and community service field,” Rucker said of the award.

Goldberg served as presidential and CEO of the Alliance and UNCA until his death last year.

“I am a firm believer that the best and most enduring solutions to advancing civic, social and community development are realized in the transparent and trusting cross-pollination of new ideas, partnerships and resources [among] nonprofit community service providers, public systems, foundations, corporations and community participants,” Rucker said.

“Passionate and committed leaders like Peter Goldberg and Randal Rucker inspire people at all levels,” said Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance and CEO of UNCA, in a press statement. “They are role models who dedicate their lives to helping our communities. I can think of no better leader to honor Peter’s legacy than through Randal’s leadership and success.”

Nearly 70 Alliance and UNCA member organizations applied for the 2012 awards. Leadership award candidates were nominated through an open nomination process and an external panel of judges selected the winner. For more information on the program, visit aramarkbuildingcommunity.com.

From press materials.

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