LOS ANGELES Do you have a relative, a friend or a co-worker who is having an impact in your local community? Every day there are good people doing great deeds in our community -- volunteers who are going well beyond their expected duties.

The Jefferson Awards is an award organization founded by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis in 1972 to encourage and honor people for their contributions through community service. Recently, this year's national honorees received their awards in Washington, D.C.

The nomination process is simple. Fill in the name, address, and telephone number of both your nominee and yourself as the nominator. Write a brief, passionate, compelling story about your friend. Then highlight how the nominee's actions benefit the lives of others and the local community.

A Jefferson Awards honoree will be chosen once a month by ABC7. The honoree will be profiled on Eyewitness News at 6pm. The honoree will also receive a Jefferson Awards Medal, a $1,000 donation to the charity or community organization of their choice, and will be recognized at a special event hosted by ABC7.

A distinguished panel of community leaders will select one local honoree to attend the National Jefferson Awards festivities in Washington, D.C. That honoree will also be eligible for the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.


Any nomination should address two simple issues:

Outstanding personal acts
Here is an ordinary individual performing outstanding personal acts. This individual stands out for taking extra steps. The individual acts were "outstanding." "unique." "heroic."

Community impact and helping others
Beside the heroic acts of the individual, the individual has positively impacted the community. The acts of this individual helped hundreds of others. Look at the change or improvement that this individual was responsible for while addressing important issues facing the Southern California community.


Volunteers -- not paid professionals
Eligibility includes volunteers who are going well above and beyond their job description.

Nominate someone you know for a Jefferson Award

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