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

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New Orleans, Louisiana, Feb. 26, 2018 – 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. The award is accompanied by a $15,000 grant from Aramark.

Presented by Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), 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 exceptional high-impact organizations that drive a culture of population health and well-being within its community. The award was announced at the Alliance’s annual Senior Leadership Conference, held this year in New Orleans.

“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.”

“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.”

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.

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, 412 Youth Zone. Through youth coaches, this drop-in center provides coordinated access to a diverse array of services including four local universities, legal services, and medical care.

Since 2007, Aramark and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities have partnered to help communities thrive by bringing resources to the local level and cultivating strong relationships. Aramark’s global volunteer and philanthropic program, Aramark Building Community, enriches and nourishes lives by partnering with local community centers and sharing resources to inspire families to lead healthy lifestyles and help people succeed through education and employment. Since its establishment in 2008, Aramark Building Community has engaged nearly 60,000 employees in fifteen countries, impacting almost five million individuals and families.

Learn more about Auberle, the 412 Youth Zone, and how it is elevating health and well-being by watching their Aramark Building Community Organizational Leadership Award video.

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 almost 4,000 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 (NYSE: ARMK) 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 www.aramark.com 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 alliance1.org for more information.