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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.

Nominations are no longer being accepted.

Five winners will be selected. Of those five, one will be chosen as the Greater Rochester regional honoree.

This volunteer will be eligible for the national award and attend the National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June 2020.

5 ESL Jefferson Award winners honored

5 ESL Jefferson Award winners honored


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

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


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

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

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

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. 


ESL Jefferson Award winner: Dave Difranco, comedian helps veterans overcome PTSD through humor

When soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen come home after a tour of duty, they can carry with them emotional baggage... 


ESL Jefferson Award winner: Amanda Dreher, attorney saves Rochester's only diaper bank

It can cost $80 a month for parents to pay for diapers. With more than half of the children in Rochester living in poverty, an organization is looking to help those families. 


ESL Jefferson Award winner: Noah Levine, founder of AutismUp Student Ambassador Board

News10NBC is recognizing those in our community who are going above and beyond to give back by volunteering...


ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Carrie Green

News10NBC is recognizing those in our community who are going above and beyond to give back by volunteering... 


2019 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: John Salzer

News10NBC is once again proud to present the ESL Jefferson Awards...


ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Dave Defranco

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union congratulate this year's winners of the ESL Jefferson Award...


2019 ESL Jefferson Award recipient: Amanda Dreher

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union congratulate this year's winners of the ESL Jefferson Award...


2019 ESL Jefferson Award recipient: Noah Levine

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union congratulate this year's winners of the ESL Jefferson Award...


2019 ESL Jefferson Award recipient: John Salzer

News10NBC and ESL Federal Credit Union congratulate this year's winners of the ESL Jefferson Award...


2019 ESL Jefferson Award recipient: Carrie Green

The award honors outstanding volunteers in our community...


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...


2014 ESL Jefferson Award Winner: Jack Sullivan

At just nine years old, Jack founded Catherine’s Peace Team, a group of children and adults promoting peace and kindness...


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