Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Alexa Zappia as our first Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! Alexa, a native of Williamsville, is currently a senior at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. In 2009, Alexa faced tragedy when her life mentor, Susan Wehle, suddenly passed away in the Flight 3407 plane crash. Alexa wanted to do something that would make her proud by continuing to touch peoples’ lives as Susan touched hers. How does a 12-year-old grieve such a tragedy? To Alexa, she found her life’s purpose: to volunteer at struggling organizations within the Buffalo community. Since the plane crash, Alexa has accumulated over 3,000 volunteer hours. Alexa has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for three consecutive years during Barack Obama’s term, St. John Fisher College’s Service Scholarship, The Network of Religious Communities Religious Service Award, and many other accolades for her community service work throughout the years.
In the past year, Alexa created an organization originating in Buffalo known as Rocks of Unity™. Rocks of Unity™ uses dialogue and art to teach, empower, and advocate inclusivity. Alexa has grown Rocks of Unity from one school here in Buffalo to over 18 different countries and over 25 different states. Through Rocks of Unity™, individuals will gain a heightened awareness of the importance of ending the prominent issue of hate by spreading kindness, acceptance, unity, and strength in diversity. Participants in the workshops learn how to better understand each other, ultimately building stronger communities. Alexa has grown Rocks of Unity™ on social media as well where she writes Daily Doses of Kindness to promote positivity to global audiences.
Alexa has been on the Dean’s List every semester since her freshman year. As a prestigious St. John Fisher College Service Scholar, she also completes 200 hours of community service yearly in the Rochester community at high-needs agencies. Alexa, who shared that family is the most important aspect of her life, also regularly practices yoga and enjoys musical theater and Broadway.
To celebrate with Alexa and our four other outstanding Women Who Move the City Honorees on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Hotel Lafayette, click here to learn more & purchase your tickets today!