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Jefferson Awards – Nominate an Unsung Hero

Do you have a relative, a friend or a co-worker who is "Multiplying Good" in our community?
Credit: WQAD

Do you have a relative, a friend or a co-worker who is "Multiplying Good" in our community? In every neighborhood, there are “Unsung Heroes” – volunteers and paid professionals who go well beyond their expected duties.

WQAD News 8 is proud to be a Media Partner of the National Jefferson Awards Foundation.

This year we are partnering with two local sponsor to honor these individuals, Genesis Health System and Tyson.

Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious celebration of public service. By celebrating an individual's outstanding service, we are amplifying their solutions for others to apply in their own communities.  In fact in 2002, local activist Chad Pregracke was honored with the National Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

From June 2021 – December 2021, we will select 8 local nominees and highlight him or her on our news in January and February 2022.

In Spring 2022, we will choose one finalist from the 8 to represent our area at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June 2022.  The finalist chosen will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to the awards ceremony.

The nomination process is simple.

Nominate someone for the Jefferson Awards by filling out the form below.

Click here to learn about last year’s recipients.