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Dr. Rose Cologne
Recognition Information

As a member of the Centre County Council for Human Services, you are cordially invited to recognize a volunteer for the Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition.

Typically held as a dinner in April, it is named in honor of Dr. Rose Cologne, a local mentor and role model for many in the human services field. It pays tribute to those volunteers who work to further the mission of CCCHS member agencies and the community at large.

Help Us with Sponsorships

We hope you will consider sponsoring this important event and help us recognize our county's volunteers. Please view our sponsorship letter and sponsorship form and reach out to the committee with any questions.  

To take advantage of all perks, please have your commitment to us by April. 

Bobbi Bronstein Award for Community Involvement

This award given annually at the Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to further the mission of the Centre County Council for Human Services in helping to provide opportunities for the betterment of the community through collaboration, networking, and the promotion of volunteerism. Learn more here.

Ann Graybill Cook Volunteer of Distinction Award 

This award is given annually at the Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner to a person who has contributed as a volunteer to the Council for Human Services. Learn more here.

Dr. Rose Cologne and Volunteer Recognition:
A History

Dr. Rose Cologne

Dr. Rose Cologne was known throughout Pennsylvania and beyond for her years of pioneering leadership in adult education and to alleviate problems of the poor. Dr. Cologne was known for her sense of humor and her love of all people regardless of the mistakes they may have made.


Dr. Cologne also served with international programs in Japan and Afghanistan. Rose, as she was affectionately known, was a faculty member at Penn State in the Sociology Department from 1941 until 1968. She was a founding member of Tri-County Habitat for Humanity, which continues to honor her contribution to the organization with an education scholarship for Habitat families. Additionally, Rose was instrumental in starting the Centre County Branch of the PA Prison Society and was a regular prison visitor for many years.  The Centre County Medical Society honored Rose with the Benjamin Rush Award, for her outstanding contributions toward the promotion of public health and welfare in Centre County.

The Centre County Council of Human Services (CCCHS) believed that Rose should be recognized for her commitment and dedication to improving the lives of Centre County residents and human services. CCCHS held their first volunteer recognition dinner at the Penns Valley High School cafeteria in 1971 and honored Dr. Cologne. The volunteer dinner, which continues today, carries her name in special recognition of her many contributions to the human services, field, and the community. 

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