All over central Ohio, volunteers are quietly working to make the region better. They plant community gardens, provide food or clothing to those in need, or counsel people suffering from drug addiction. You can find them in churches, parks, animal shelters or schools, working to improve lives.
"Through these everyday acts of kindness, our selfless heroes repair the torn fabric of our communities, restore faith in one another, deliver a small measure of joy to neighbors and strangers. We hope to not only honor these gestures of love, but also encourage others to do the same," said Ray Paprocki, publisher and general manager of Dispatch Magazines.
Do you know an Everyday Hero? He or she should be someone who works to heal, unite and improve the community, but doesn't ask for recognition. The Dispatch Media Group wants to showcase these heroes.
After receiving nominations, a panel of editors and readers will select 25 people whose selfless acts set them apart in these divisive times. They will be honored in the Everyday Heroes magazine that will be published on Sept. 7 and during an awards event.
Nominations can be made below and will be accepted through April 12.
Last year, Babette Feibel was chosen from the 25 people honored in the magazine to receive a $10,000 donation from the Columbus Foundation for a charity of her choice and $15,000 worth of in-kind advertising from Dispatch Media Group for her causes.
As an advocate for parents in Franklin County Family Recovery Court and a foster parent for more than 100 children over the years, Feibel, 82, volunteers in some of the toughest jobs the community has to offer.
The other four finalists honored were Sister Nadine Buchanan, of the Dominican Sisters, who volunteers to help sex-trafficking victims; Brad Hutchinson, a philanthropist in Fairfield County; Brandy Jemczura, founder of the youth volunteer organization Seeds of Caring; and Rachel Muha, founder of the Run the Race Center on the West Side.
Meet the 2018 group of Everyday Heroes.
Nominate someone below or go to Dispatch.com/EverydayHeroes if you are on a mobile device.
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