Board Member Rachel Schwarz has been recognized as one of three finalists for the Community Service Award as part of the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards for her work at Greater Newark Conservancy. The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world. Advisors are nominated for actively giving back to nonprofits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. Of hundreds of nominees, we are proud to announce that Rachel is one of twelve overall finalists and the only female to receive this recognition!
Schwarz was driven to join our board at the age of 38 following the death of her mother and our longtime board member, Diane Schwarz. Diane was an environmentalist interested in race relations and was concerned about the city’s decreasing population following the rebellion of 1967. Diane was also concerned about ongoing quality of life problems in urban communities and had convinced her family to become avid supporters of the Conservancy. Rachel was eager to carry on her mother’s vision of improving Newark’s urban environment and bringing educational services to the city’s children.
The Schwarz family has deep roots in Newark—they first arrived in the U.S. from Russia and Germany to build a new life in what is now the Central Ward. Rachel’s ancestor, Rabbi Isaac Schwarz, was the first rabbi of Oheb Shalom, whose historic former synagogue serves as the Conservancy’s education building at 32 Prince Street. As an ambassador to the Jewish community, Rachel works tirelessly to share the city’s rich Jewish history and recruit volunteers and funders through the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and her synagogue.
When she’s not fundraising, she can be found helping out during educational programs, volunteering at our Hawthorne Avenue Farm, or simply taking a break and enjoying a walk through our Prudential Outdoor Learning Center. We could not dream up a more deserving person to receive this recognition. Thank you for all that you do, Rachel!
The inspiration for the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation came directly from the financial advisors who invest in others by giving back to their communities with overwhelming generosity and dedication. Since its founding in 2006, Invest in Others has amplified these efforts by providing a platform for advisors to increase awareness, visibility, and funding to their favorite nonprofits. For more information, visit investinothers.org or follow Invest in Others on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
The Invest in Others Awards program recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world. Advisors are nominated for actively giving back to nonprofits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. Invest in Others received hundreds of nominations this year. Finalists are selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves.
Awards will be presented at the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards Gala, a premier event attended by over 700 financial advisors and financial services executives, on September 26, 2019 in Boston, Mass.
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