George Reilly Receives Volunteerism Award

October 26, 2010

On October 26, 2010 George A. Reilly was awarded the Helen Gratz Rockefeller "Outstanding Volunteerism Award" by Family Centers. In making the presentation, Joan Warburg, a 50-year member of the Board of Directors of Family Centers reflected on George's role as Chairman of Center for Hope at the time it was merged into Family Centers.

Ms. Warburg commented, "In that role he dared to imagine a future for Center for Hope that was radically different from the path it was on . He then took that vision to the next level and made it happen."

2010 Helen Gratz Rockerfeller Award

The Helen Gratz Rockerfeller Outstanding Volunteerism Award is named in honor of Diddy Rockerfeller, who was instrumental in the merger of four social service agencies in the 1930's which formed The Family Center. She was the combined agency's first Chair and remained a life long patron. Our beautiful building on Arch St was her gift.

The women and men who have received this award are a select group of highly effective individuals who have over the past several decades guided the evolution of Family Centers into a top tier provider of health, education and human services to children and adults in Fairfield County.

George Reilly first came into Family Centers orbit in 2005 when he was the Chairman of the Board of the Center for HOPE. In that role he dared to imagine a future for the Center for HOPE that was radically different from the path it was on. He then took that vision to the next level and made it happen. George did this by providing the leadership necessary for the Center for HOPE to successfully merge into Family Centers.

During the process he demonstrated great skill, attention to detail and sensitivity to all of the parties affected.

The end result was an expanded and enhanced Family Centers better equipped to provide for the needs of the community.

In the years following the merger George has proven himself to be an exemplary member of Family Centers' board. Deeply committed to our mission he contributes in multiple ways. The gift of his legal counsel is one which Bob and the staff find enormously helpful.

Through his enthusiasm for Family Centers programs and willingness to do whatever is needed to help Family Centers succeed George evokes the spirit and foresight that is Diddy Rockefeller's legacy making him the ideal recipient of the 2010 Helen Gratz Rockefeller Outstanding Volunteerism Award.

Please join me in applauding George Reilly.