Emma Rucinski, Why I Care Member Recipient

Emma Rucinski, Why I Care Member Recipient

Although Emma Rucinski is one of our youngest Why I Care award recipients, her achievements are very impressive!

An active volunteer at St. Thomas the Apostle School, Emma regularly assists younger students and spends a great deal of time volunteering at Sacred Heart Food Pantry and visiting with nursing home residents at Sisters of Mercy Mother House.

Emma’s favorite part of volunteering is connecting with, getting (and giving) hugs and hearing stories from the nursing home residents.

“I have built relationships with many of the sisters at the mother house,” she said.

Working at the food pantry also helped her realize the impact she was having on the lives of others.

Emma has been recognized for her efforts by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce (Youth Award Recipient 2022) and with a NYS Senate Resolution from Senator Neil Breslin.

As a young adult she has established a high standard of excellence and a sense of purpose. Her generosity, care, and love for the community are demonstrated in everything she does.

In addition to volunteering for the food pantry and Mother House, Emma is also a supporter and advocate for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

“I remember seeing the visitors of the food pantry come in and sit down and saw that was their safe place. I knew then that helping people can make them very happy.”


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