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Business school lecturer is finalist for national Catholic Charities award

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- March 25, 2003 -- Santa Clara University faculty member Steven Wade is one of nine extraordinary people named as a finalist for Catholic Charities USA's 2003 National Volunteer of the Year Award, the national organization announced.

Wade, a lecturer in accounting at SCU’s Leavey School of Business, “has been instrumental in helping the individuals and families participating in Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County's financial literacy programs,” his nomination read.

Wade, a Santa Clara resident, “leads student volunteers in helping hundreds of clients prepare their taxes each year,” the organization said in a statement. “Many of these clients are new to the country and need assistance navigating the tax regulations. He also provides free financial literacy seminars and curriculum content for other financial programs at the agency.”

Wade also has provided tuition assistance to a refugee client to attend Santa Clara University.

“Not only is Professor Wade personally committed to helping the poor in the Santa Clara community, but he is also an exemplary mentor and role model to his students, inspiring large numbers of his students to serve those living in poverty,” Catholic Charities said.

“He has begun a tradition of services that will continue for years to come by teaching volunteers to give of themselves and make a difference in the lives of the poor.”

“Catholic Charities volunteers provide witness of God's preferential love for the poor and vulnerable in our society," said Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities USA. "Professor Wade is truly doing God's work, and his model of service is the key to the ability of Catholic Charities to fulfill its mission of caring for those in need.”

“The impact of Steve Wade's work is significant. Beyond providing direct assistance, he and his students teach our clients how to break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient members of the community,” said Diane Saign, CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County.

Professor Wade was chosen from nominations submitted by local Catholic Charities agencies for exemplifying the spirit and mission of Catholic Charities in reducing poverty, supporting families, and empowering communities.

Volunteers nationwide provide the backbone of the Catholic Charities movement. Collectively, local Catholic Charities agencies rely on more than 189,000 volunteers to serve more than seven million people of all faiths and diverse needs. All told, these volunteers provided more than eight million hours of service to Catholic Charities agencies in 2001.

The 2003 award recipient will be announced during National Volunteer Week, April 27-May 3, and will be honored at Catholic Charities USA's Annual Conference and Sections Meetings on Sept. 14 in Detroit.


About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA's members -- 1,640 local agencies and institutions nationwide -- provide help and create hope for more than seven million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For more than 275 years, local Catholic Charities agencies have been providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from day care and counseling to food and housing. For more information, visit

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County works to build life-lasting economic stability and self-sufficiency for the poor through foundational, change-agent human services. It focuses on programs that build the basis for long-term independence: housing, employment, education and behavioral health. The core group of clients served includes older adults, at risk youth, immigrants and refugees, and emotionally disturbed individuals. The Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County headquarters are located at 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose. For information about the national awards, or other programs and services, visit or call (408) 468-0100. or contact Maribel Andonian, director of communications at, 408-325-5122

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8.060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see





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