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.

ESL Jefferson Award winner's organization adds new dimension to underserved communities

ESL Jefferson Award winner's organization adds new dimension to underserved communities


No kids sleep on the floor: ESL Jefferson Award winner tries to make bedtime a happier time

ESL Jefferson Awards winner launches campaign to curb violence in Rochester

ESL Jefferson Award winner brings joy into the lives of children battling cancer

'A Horse's Friend' brings joy to city kids amid spike in violence

ESL Jefferson Award winner committed to immigrant community in divisive society

Watch: 2021 ESL Jefferson Awards Special

Rochester ranks second in the nation when it comes to those providing community service.


Meet the 2021 ESL Jefferson Award honorees

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union are proud to partner in recognizing individuals who go above and beyond in our hometowns.


Last chance to nominate outstanding volunteers for ESL Jefferson Awards

For more than 100 years, ESL Federal Credit Union has helped people, non-profits, and small businesses grow and prosper through loans and grants.


Meet the 2020 ESL Jefferson Award honorees

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union are proud to partner in recognizing amazing individuals who go above and beyond in our hometowns.


5 ESL Jefferson Award winners honored

They work tirelessly to make our community a better place, and News10NBC Monday honored 10 Rochester-area volunteers for their dedication.


ESL Jefferson Award winner: Young artist raises funds for medically fragile children

An 11-year-old artist from Pittsford is selling her paintings to raise funds for a program that helps medically fragile children.


ESL Jefferson Award winner: Ruth Hogan guides patients through final moments as hospice volunteer

The ESL Jefferson Awards honors individuals who tirelessly give their time to help others in our community.


ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Stephanie Forrester, more than 3 years sober and helping others get there

Outreach doesn't end during this shutdown. One local advocate for those battling addiction hasn't stopped sharing hope.


From homeless to hopeful: How this ESL Jefferson Award winner uses his hardships to help others

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, 835 homeless men and women are on the streets of Rochester. 


ESL Jefferson Award Winner, Andrew Evans: Changing our community one trainee at a time

You've probably passed it dozens of times without a second thought. It’s a historic church at 1439 Buffalo Road in Rochester.


Local ESL Jefferson Award winner accepts award in Washington, DC

Our local ESL Jefferson Award winner accepted his award in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night. 


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...