Jim Ziolkowski, best-selling author, founder and CEO of non-profit organization buildOn, is this year’s honoree for Sacred Heart University’s Eighth Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educator’s Communion Breakfast. He has been selected by CAPP to receive the award at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 13. The event is co-sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education.
At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. buildOn currently runs U.S. Service Learning Programs in Chicago, The Bay Area, Bridgeport (CT), Detroit, New York and Boston.
Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 864 schools worldwide, with more than 110,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. Ziolkowski remains committed to buildOn, influenced by his religious faith. Despite personal meetings with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and President Barack Obama, he’s most motivated by the youth with whom he’s worked since dedicating his life to this cause more than 24 years ago.
CAPP was founded in 1993 to encourage business people, academics and other professionals to study and promote Catholic social teaching. It is named for Pope John Paul’s encyclical of the same name that marked the 100th anniversary of the landmark papal document on social responsibility, Rerum Novarum. The Diocese of Bridgeport is one of three pioneering dioceses in the United States to establish a chapter.