Erie County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) presents the August 2013 Erie County Legislature Citizen of the Month Award to John Bruso for his community service and voluntarism at a recent session.
John Bruso of Lancaster was recently named the August 2013 Erie County Legislature Citizen of the Month, receiving his award after being nominated by County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden).
Bruso has been known for his strong commitment to community volunteering and involvement, including working with Kids Escaping Drugs, where he has volunteered since 1999 and currently serves as president of its board of directors. Kids Escaping Drugs is the supporting foundation of the Renaissance Campus in West Seneca, the only residential treatment option for adolescents under age 18 in Western New York.
Also, after a friend of his was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 14 years ago and whose conditioned eventually worsened to where he could no longer safely stay in his home, Bruso organized a group of friends to hold a fundraiser to pay for accessibility renovations needed in the home, sparing his friend a move to an institutional setting. Soon after, another of Bruso’s friend was diagnosed with MS and required comparable assistance to stay at home.
This experience of his friends motivated him to again call on their mutual friends to form a non-profit called Families Touched by MS, which has distributed more than $150,000 to almost 30 families in Western New York and of which John serves as director.
Bruso has worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) for 26 years, starting as a driver in 1987 before being promoted to package operations manager in 1989. He has since served in loss prevention, air operations, safety and compliance, as well as employee relations in human resources.
Bruso and his wife, Linda, have been married 29 years, and they are the parents of Sean, 24, and Megan, 22.