South Side couple recognized for their volunteer activities


February 8, 2011

Jon and Sherri Lynn Dunik

Jon and Sherri Lynn Dunik "Live, Work, and Play" in South Side and had their story recently told in the international magazine, The Pilot Log.

In the feature story Sherri Lynn states "nothing feels as good as to share my life with Emmaus. And I have Pilot International to thank for introducing me to Emmaus."

The Duniks work and volunteer at The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh. Emmaus provides residential homes, respite care and advocacy for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Two Emmaus homes are in South Side along with their main office.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunik volunteer every Christmas morning at Emmaus, along with sharing many birthdays, dinners and dances with the residents. They are members of Emmaus' Black and Gold Club, in which members contribute financially to the mission of the agency, and also participate in other fundraisers for both Emmaus and Pilot International.

Sherri Lynn has been a member of Pilot International for several years. Pilot International is a global organization of executive, business and professional leaders working together to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the world. Their vision is to achieve universal awareness and prevention of Brain-related Disorders and Disabilities. Brain-related disorders and disability examples are Alzheimer's disease, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injuries, and developmental, emotional and intellectual disabilities.

Jake Vogel, co-owner of the Jaggerbush has been inspired by the Dunik's community spirit and is hosting the new Pilot Club's events at the Jaggerbush at the corner of Jane and 23rd streets. He also has joined Emmaus's Young Professional Advisory Board.

The purpose of the advisory board will be to deepen relationships between Emmaus and the young professional community and to collaborate with the Emmaus staff, board, and residents to work toward the agency's mission.

The new Pilot Club meeting in South Side is accepting applications for Charter Membership. The meetings are held the Second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Jaggerbush. Networking and fellowship is encouraged before and after the meeting. For more information call Ms. Dunik at 412-586-4399.

Emmaus is also recruiting for many opportunities. An upcoming free Direct Support Professional training is offered through CCAC, a networking event for the young professional advisory board is scheduled for February 16 at Finnegan's Wake and they are currently in pursuit of hiring Direct Support Professionals. For more information call 412-381-0277.


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