Eau Claire (WQOW)- This year, WQOW News 18 has been calling attention to those working to make the world around them, a better place. The Jefferson Award for public service began in 1972, based on the simple idea that one person can make a difference.
It's an award handed out across the nation recognizing volunteers and one WQOW News 18 has been handing out here in our own community.
From a younger to an older generation, you don't have to look far to find people helping people in communities across western Wisconsin.
A volunteer is someone willing to help anyone, anywhere and many times, at a moments notice. That description fits Tracy Nelson perfectly . Over the past 15 years she's devoted over 3,000 hours to helping others, through the Red Cross.
Seeing a need and finding a way to fill it. That's how Inez Dascher began King's Closet. To date, she's handed out over 30,000 articles of clothing, keeping the community around her warm.
Putting a busy schedule on hold to make time for laugher. Time spent tutoring a stranger, who becomes a friend. Stocking shelves at an area food pantry. Spending time to mentor peers who've made a mistake and want to change. Or being a friendly face, always there to cheer on the home team. These are examples of people making a difference in the lives of others.
Each month, we'll be choosing a recipient for the Jefferson Award, and we need your nominations. If you know someone working to better the lives of others, let us know! Click here to learn more about the Jefferson Awards and fill out a nomination form.
This spring we will chose one volunteer who stands above the rest. They'll be flown to Washington, D.C. where they'll be recognized at the national Jefferson Awards ceremony.