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ESL Federal Credit Union and News10NBC Seeking Ordinary People Who Do Extraordinary Things

Nominate an Unsung Hero Today

Rochester, NY — ESL Federal Credit Union and News10NBC are currently seeking nominees for the 2018 ESL Jefferson Awards, and they are turning to the Rochester community to help identify those unsung heroes who do great things every day and who help to make a difference in the lives of others.

The two organizations will recognize and honor five of the region’s most committed volunteers with the prestigious ESL Jefferson Awards for Public Service. These awards celebrate unsung heroes and their commitment to community and public service.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, February 12, 2018. Nominations may be made online at or at News10NBC’s website. Each nominee will be notified that he or she has been nominated.

Five finalists will be selected from among the nominees. Of those five, one will be chosen as the Greater Rochester regional honoree. This volunteer will be eligible for the national award and will attend the National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June 2018.

2018 marks the 16th year ESL has partnered with News10NBC to present the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Public Service.

In 1972, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, founder and Chairman of the National Development Council (NDC) initiated the American Institute for Public Service as a way to establish a “Nobel Prize” for public and community service — The Jefferson Awards.

More than 15,000 individuals nationwide are nominated each year for providing innovative service programs and acts of kindness.

About ESL Federal Credit Union

Founded by George Eastman in 1920, ESL Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution with $6.1 billion in assets. The locally-owned financial institution employs more than 740 people in Rochester, New York, and includes approximately 347,000 members worldwide.

The company has now appeared on the Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list for seven years (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, and 2010). Access to the credit union includes 21 branch locations and more than 40 ATM locations, locally-based telephone and Internet chat centers, and online and mobile banking channels. The company is headquartered at 225 Chestnut Street in Rochester and can be found on the Internet at

For more information, contact:

Rich Pulvino, APR
Vice President/Director, Corporate Communications