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Did you know that over one third of local residents spend time volunteering in our community? This makes Rochester one of the most active cities in America for volunteerism.

Each year, the ESL Jefferson Awards honors individuals who tirelessly give of their time to help others in our community. To nominate an extraordinary volunteer that you know, fill out the form below.

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Local woman wins Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award


Sadiya Omar – 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner


Tom Fellion – 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner

Angel Alecia - 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner

Anne Marie Gefell – 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner

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Justin Collins - 2016 ESL Jefferson Award Winner

All week we will be honoring this year’s ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. 

 


2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Dan Draper

All week we will be honoring this year’s ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. Today we take a look at a man who's helping hundreds of thousands of kids, nationwide...


2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Ann Lacey

We continue to honor this year's ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place...


2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Rudolph Harris

We continue to honor this year's ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. Today, we feature a retired man who has helped turn around a once troubled Rochester neighborhood...


2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Oliva Caiazzo

We continue to honor this year's ESL Jefferson Award winners. The award recognizes those who volunteer their time to make our community a better place. Today we meet a third grader who's become an inspiration...


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2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Linda Bolan

We're honoring another 2015 ESL Jefferson Award winner -- a woman who will no doubt inspire you. She's working to boost others and doing so after a personal tragedy...


2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: James Caldwell

James Caldwell (Chef James) is a retired chef and current volunteer at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in the Culinary Arts Program...


2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Hon. John C. Ninfo II

After 20 years of service, John Ninfo retired as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in 2011. Since then he has been fortunate to be able to continue to follow his passions and serve the public...


2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Louise Bennett

For over 25 years, Dr. Louise Bingham Bennett has dedicated her life to serving the refugee community in Rochester, New York...


2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Patrick Fisher

Patrick has been advocating for HIV/AIDS for more than 20 years. He was a key planner in an employee training program and benchmark corporate policy recognized by the White House HIV/Aids Policy team under former president, Bill Clinton...


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