Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Mercer County Leader

Sep 19, 2018
Rep. Kelly with Elizabeth Lampkins, WIC director & Community Champion Award recipient
Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Mercer County Leader

Elizabeth Lampkins has led the Women, Infants, & Children program at Shenango Valley Urban League since 1978

WATCH: Award ceremony coverage by WFMJ 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented his quarterly 3rd District Community Champion Award to Elizabeth Lampkins, longtime director of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program at the Shenango Valley Urban League, yesterday afternoon at the organization’s headquarters in Farrell, PA.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Mrs. Lampkins:

Elizabeth has been employed with the Shenango Valley Urban League since 1974 and has served as the director of the Woman, Infants, and Children program (WIC) since 1978. Elizabeth has spent the past 44 years selflessly serving others and building a legacy that is absolutely admirable. Although her successful career is coming to an end as Elizabeth is retiring, her efforts will continue to benefit the community for years to come.

The Shenango Valley Urban League, which is proudly celebrating their 50th anniversary, is an organization that welcomes, empowers, and encourages all citizens and provides vital services to those in need. Elizabeth is the oldest employee at the Shenango Valley Urban League in both age and tenure, and she has proudly served under every Executive Director or President since the inception of the organization. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to advance the WIC program and ensure it continues to prosper and provide. In every role, in every effort, Elizabeth has displayed unparalleled integrity, dignity, and strength.

In addition to her loyalty to the WIC program, Elizabeth has actively participated in various civic organizations and advisory boards, making community service an integral part of her life. Elizabeth’s expertise and participation has been beneficial to the following: Prince of Peace Center, Teen Parenting Advisory Board, United Way Budget Panel, Minority Health Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania WIC Association, Mercer County Children & Youth Services, Mercer County Family Centers, and Mercer County Comprehensive Health Planning Council.

Elizabeth has been a catalyst for improvement throughout the community and her passion and dedication deserves praise. She is a leader in the truest sense of the word and a role model for those who are privileged to know her. Elizabeth has set a standard of excellence and generosity that will inspire others for generations to come and it is my honor to congratulate her on a distinguished career and a well-earned retirement.

Therefore, on behalf of the 3rd Congressional District, the State of Pennsylvania, and this nation, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Elizabeth Lampkins – an extraordinary individual, a noble public servant, and a true Community Champion.

Click here for a local report by The Sharon Herald on yesterday’s award ceremony.

BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation instituted by the Office of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly in January 2015 to recognize and thank service-minded individuals throughout Pennsylvania's Third Congressional District for selfless and significant contributions to their surrounding communities. Each winner is presented with an official award plaque from Rep. Kelly’s office, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, and a statement of congratulations entered into the official congressional record.

NOTE: More photographs from the award ceremony can be viewed here.