Auberle Honored with 2017 Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award

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​Pennsylvania-Based Human Services Organization Recognized for Excellence in Elevating Health and Well-Being in its Community

Auberle staff at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Senior Leadership Conference on February 25.

Auberle, a faith-based nonprofit in Southwestern Pennsylvania for at-risk children, youth, and families, was awarded the 2017 Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award, in recognition of its excellence in elevating health and well-being across the region.

Presented by Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities, and uniforms, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national strategic action network of social sector organizations, the award honors an exceptional high-impact organization.

The focus of the Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award is to identify an organization that is a true change agent, one that elevates its staff and communities in leadership, manifesting itself in a more equitable approach, sustained community change, and measurable improvement in population health and well-being. The award was announced at the Alliance’s annual Senior Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

“The Alliance is proud to partner with our national corporate partner, Aramark, in honoring Auberle, an organization that embodies the very best of our field and network,” said Susan Dreyfus, Alliance president and CEO. “Auberle has adopted our strategy framework, the Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofits, and this recognition by Aramark is testimony to the transformative power of great leadership, strategic governance, a focus on equity, a culture of partnership and innovation, and, most importantly, a commitment to values-based advocacy.”

“Aramark is proud to recognize Auberle with this award because it puts the spotlight on an organization that is effective, collaborative, and innovative in elevating health and well-being within its community,” said Karen Cutler, vice president of public affairs at Aramark. “Auberle’s ability to successfully bring government, nonprofit and business sector partners, and community members to the table is making a difference for youth and families throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.”

John Lydon, Auberle CEO, said of the distinction, “It is incredible to be called best in the country for what we do. This recognition is especially wonderful for our front-line staff. They work with people who have sustained significant trauma. Our staff feels that people aren’t aware of the success that they achieve at Auberle. Aramark with this award is really recognizing the work of our front-line staff. It is tremendously motivating for them and suddenly elevates everyone to be 12 feet tall as they go about their work and if possible, twice as passionate and twice as involved in what they do. My deepest thanks to Aramark for this award.”

In the presentation, Aramark stated that Auberle demonstrates the transformational benefits of deep community, partner, and staff engagement. To help youth aging out of the foster care system gain stability, build positive relationships, and learn life skills, Auberle has convened more than 80 partners at its one-stop center, the 412 Youth Zone developed with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. This voluntary program has over 1,100 young people on its roster. The Auberle Employment Institute has over 60 business partners providing pipelines to good-paying careers with Auberle providing 11 national certifications and a wide array of services including a Digital Work Ethic badge to 350 people referred by 40 other agencies. Last year, Auberle served nearly 4,000 people in 21 programs.

To learn more about Auberle and their national recognition for promoting excellence in elevating health and well-being across the region, visit

Auberle is a Catholic organization that builds strong communities across Southwestern Pennsylvania by focusing on building the voices and strengths of the people we serve. Last year, we served 3,865 people through 20 different program areas. Auberle’s services include the 412 Youth Zone, an award-winning workforce development program, youth and Teen Foster Care, education, drug and alcohol and mental health programs, housing services, residential programs and in-home intervention.

Our work with partners from the business, nonprofit, government sectors, and the community is at the heart of everything we do. Recently, Auberle was named by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the most Innovative organizations in the region. We are at our best when we are engaging all voices, especially those of the people we serve, and engaging community members and cross-sectors partners in our work. The agency is also a recipient of the Wishart Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management and was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

Aramark proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We operate our business with social responsibility, focusing on initiatives that support our diverse workforce, advance consumer health and wellness, protect our environment, and strengthen our communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a strategic action network of thousands of committed social sector leaders who through their excellence, distinction, and influence are working to achieve a healthy and equitable society. We aggregate the very best sector knowledge and serve as an incubator for learning and innovation to generate new solutions to the toughest problems. We accelerate change through dynamic leadership development and collective actions to ensure policies and systems provide equal access and opportunity for all people in our nation to reach their fullest potential through improvements in health and well-being, educational success, economic opportunity, and safety and security. Go to for more information.

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