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Diversity Council kicks off fund-raising

By Dawn Schuett

schuett@postbulletin.com

In coming weeks, Rochester-area employers can expect a letter or phone call from volunteers seeking donations for the Diversity Council in Rochester.

The annual fund-raising campaign for the Diversity Council officially started this morning with about 20 volunteers attending a meeting at the Express Personnel Regional Training Center, 2518 N. Broadway Ave.

Paul Barton, president of the Diversity Council's Board of Directors, told volunteers the importance of the organization should be touted as they make their campaign calls.

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"We need money in order to further the cause of diversity in Rochester," Barton said.

The Diversity Council offers prejudice reduction workshops for grades K-12, diversity awareness training for businesses and their employees, presentations by volunteer speakers about diversity in the community and other resources on the subject.

The fund-raising goal this year is $75,000, which will be used for Diversity Council programs. Campaign volunteers also seek to expand the organization's corporate membership.

"It (the Diversity Council) can be an enormous benefit to businesses on the move," said Sandy Keith, chairman of this year's fund-raising campaign.

"I can't really think of a business that shouldn't support the Diversity Council," Barton told volunteers.

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