Community Human Services Presents Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award to Lyndsey Sickler

Local Nonprofit Community Human Services Announces Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award in Honor of Their Late Founder

Lyndsey Sickler with friends and loved ones. Photo by Mara Rago.

Community Human Services announced the recipient of the Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award, an honor bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies exceptional generosity, unwavering commitment to community welfare, and a profound dedication to addressing housing and food insecurity.  

Lyndsey Sickler, a true trailblazer in the fight against homelessness in Pittsburgh, has been selected as the deserving recipient of the Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award. For over 25 years, Lyndsey has tirelessly worked to uplift the lives of thousands of young individuals within the community who have grappled with the challenges of housing and food insecurity.

Lyndsey’s journey includes the establishment of one of the nation’s first queer-centered drop-in spaces in 2010, in collaboration with the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (now known as the PGH Equality Center) and serving as an original Board Member of Proud Haven since the Fall of 2015, having been involved in the development and facilitation of expanding programs and service offerings, with a focus on communal support and shelter for displaced LGBTQIA youth. 

“We are incredibly excited to present the Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award to Lyndsey Sickler, their lifelong commitment to improving the lives of others aligns perfectly with the values of our late founder, Phil Pappas,” said Alicia Romano, Chief Executive Officer at Community Human Services.  

The award ceremony for the Inaugural Phil Pappas Humanitarian Award will take place at Community Human Services’ annual fundraiser, The Big Share, on October 6, 2023, at Tree Pittsburgh. We invite members of the community to join us in celebrating Lyndsey Sickler’s remarkable achievements and their unwavering dedication to addressing housing and food insecurity within our community.

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