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ESL Jefferson Awards

Now in its 18th year, the ESL Jefferson Awards honors those who give tirelessly of their time to enrich and improve our community. We’re proud to partner with News 10 NBC to recognize some of the most outstanding community service volunteers with the prestigious Jefferson Awards for Service.

Nominate an unsung hero you know by February 7, 2021

To nominate an individual committed to community service in the Rochester area, simply fill out an online nomination form or download a PDF version of the nomination form which can be printed out, completed, and returned by mail by February 7, 2021 to:

ESL Jefferson Awards
ESL Federal Credit Union
225 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604

Nominations may also be dropped off at any ESL branch location.


About the Jefferson Awards

We all can be proud of being one of the most active communities in America for volunteerism. In fact, as part of ESL’s 100th anniversary, we honored ten additional volunteers with an ESL Centennial Award. Take a look at the stories for both the 2020 Jefferson and Centennial Award winners.

The ESL Jefferson Awards are part of the national Jefferson Award Foundation which strives to build a culture of service in communities across the country. Founded in 1972 by well-known public servants including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Jefferson Awards are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious honor of its kind.

One winner of the local ESL Jefferson Awards is selected each year to attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C.