Birmingham’s Don Lupo, Advocate for the Homeless, Presented with 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
BIRMINGHAM, AL—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Roger C. Stanton announced that Don Lupo is the Birmingham Division recipient of the 2016 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA). SAC Stanton presented a certificate to Mr. Lupo at a press conference, April 6, 2017, at the FBI’s Birmingham headquarters.
In late April, Mr. Lupo will attend a presentation in Washington, DC, where FBI Director James B. Comey will present a formal award to him and other recipients from across the country.
Since 1990, the FBI has recognized individuals and organizations whose achievements in the terrorism, crime, drug, gang, or violence prevention/education field had an exemplary impact on the community. Each year, the SAC of each FBI field office selects an individual or organization that has made a major contribution in these areas.
Mr. Lupo’s tireless service and continual commitment to the well-being of all the citizens of Birmingham is well known, but he truly gives himself to the homeless citizens of Birmingham, and has done so for the better part of two decades.
Mr. Lupo is known to routinely work seven days a week, on his own time, often at night, making requests for food, driving across the city gathering left over food from parties and other events, and distributing that food to homeless shelters.
Mr. Lupo is a unifying bridge between the city, the corporate community, and non-profit organizations, doing his work simply because he cares, and to him every person matters.
He has also fully embraced social media in his efforts to cast a wide net to inform the citizens of Birmingham of philanthropic activities and community needs. Through these efforts he is able to reach thousands of people with a click of his mouse, and calls them to action to assist.
An example of his efforts occurred this past Thanksgiving. During this holiday, Mr. Lupo personally arranged to provide the resources to feed 500 people at a local homeless shelter.
Mr. Lupo serves as the director of the Birmingham Mayor’s Office of Citizens Assistance, and has served in that role for 17 years, under the tenure of five mayors.
His volunteer activity includes: Firehouse Ministries, president-elect of the board; Project Share for the State of Alabama, chairman; National Veterans Day, board; Birmingham Southern College, Norton board; Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity; Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, board; FBI Birmingham Citizens Academy Alumni Association, board.
His awards and accolades include the Positive Maturity Top 50 Over 50 in Alabama Award, the American Red Cross Community Support Award, and the Community Policing & Revitalization Award of Excellence Through Volunteerism.
“Don Lupo’s work in raising awareness of the needs of the homeless in Birmingham is without equal. The FBI is proud to recognize the outstanding work of this selfless community leader,” Stanton said.