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.

Meet the 2021 ESL Jefferson Award honorees

Meet the 2021 ESL Jefferson Award honorees


Last chance to nominate outstanding volunteers for ESL Jefferson Awards

Meet the 2020 ESL Jefferson Award honorees

5 ESL Jefferson Award winners honored

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


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. 


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...


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...