Tonawanda News


April 7, 2014

Women Who Move the City (and beyond)

Two Niagara County residents among first group of volunteer honorees


Tonawanda News —

While Maxian’s focus is on all the varied issues that surround ovarian cancer, fellow honoree Lindsay Brick of North Tonawanda does a little bit of everything.

She’s involved with the Junior League of Buffalo, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of WNY, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York, Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY and many more, Bartsch said.

“It’s amazing when you look at what it is that she’s doing,” Bartsch said. “She does work full time in education (at the Lancaster school district); she’s a reading specialist and advocate for literacy programs and works with middle-school students. She’s really involved with so many things in the community.”

Of all Brick’s volunteer work, she said the most important to her is Make-A-Wish, for which she serves as a Wish Granter, meeting with families to help figure out what their wish will be.

“I’ve always just had a desire to help others,” Brick said. “It’s just really something I enjoy. Every time I volunteer, I have a blast. I have fun. I meet tons of interesting people. I form new friendships. And I can give back to a community that I love.”

Brick does much of her volunteer work through Junior League of Buffalo, a group of women committed to promoting volunteerism and helping the community.

“I’ve kind of done a little bit of everything. I started volunteering in high school ... I’ve made it a part of my life,” she said. “It just makes you appreciate everything you have.”

Other honorees in the 2014 Women Who Move the City are Mary Lynn Barnhard of Cheektowaga (Wheels with Wings Foundation), Sheila Figel of Buffalo (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Women’s Association) and Nadia Moore of Buffalo (Amateur Athletic Union, Delevan Grider Moselle Community Center, Puerto Rican Grease Pole Festival and more).

This is just the first group of honorees, said Kara Hite, director of development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County.

“We hope to have many, many more,” she said, “because there are a lot of very great women in the Western New York community who are doing really great things.”

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