The Wertheimer Fellow Awards

Named for the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick County businesswoman and prolific volunteer, Wertheimer Fellows are recognized for their sweat equity rather than their financial contributions to the local community—leaving a lasting legacy of giving in everything they do.

At-risk youth, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, homeless families, children with disabilities, the hungry, people recovering from addictions, grant initiatives, African-American historical programs, faith based initiatives, scouting programs, health care agencies, and students reaching for a better life through education have all been helped by the funds added by each Wertheimer Fellow.

Wertheimer Fellows are recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community each November and are awarded $25,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice.

The Community Foundation presented its first youth award for volunteerism called the "Wertheimer Youth in Action Award" in 2012. Youth under the age of 18 who are positively impacting the community by volunteering their talents and energies in Frederick County may be nominated. The youth will receive a $1,000 grant to give to the nonprofit organization of their choice, and will be honored at the Community Foundation's Annual Report to the Community in November.

2016 Wertheimer Awards - Nomination Information

The Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Awards: Do you know a special person age 18 or older who makes a profound difference in the lives of others by volunteering their own distinctive talents and energies in the Frederick County community? Someone who volunteers through sweat equity rather than finacial capital? Two outstanding volunteers will be honored on November 17, 2016, at the 30th Annual Report to the Community event.

The Wertheimer Youth in Action Award: Do you know a special youth (under age 18) who is positively impacting the community by volunteering their time, energy, and talent in the Frederick County Community? One outstanding youth volunteer will be honored on November 17, 2016, at the 30th Annual Report to the Community event.

PLEASE NOTE: All Wertheimer nominations are submitted online this year. No paper applications will be accepted.

To access the online nomination pages, click below:

2016 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award (to nominate adults 18 and older)

2016 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award (to nominate a youth under age 18)

 


Past Wertheimer Fellows include Cecilia Bach, Orley and Margaret Bourland, Elizabeth J. Brady, Peter Brehm, Dennis Cannon, Sandy Cox, Jeanie Cronin, Lawrence A. “Tommy” Dorsey, George and Ruth Dredden, Marlene England, Kristopher Fair, Susan Favorite, Leah Fleming, Caroline Gaver, Charlotte and Charles Glick, Richard M. Golling, Jr., Diana R. Halleman, Miriam Lane, William O. Lee, Jr., Eugene Long, Richard Markey, Susie Z. Miller, Jeannine Milyard, C. Rodman Myers, Viola M. Noffsinger, Ronnie Osterman, Frank Parsons, Jennie Sue Pearson, Colleen Remsberg, Nancy Roblin, Edna and Grace Smith, Jane and Charles Smith, Robert F. Ward, Dr. George Waxter, Fran Wenner, Grace Winpigler, Gail A. Wood, and Vaughn Zimmerman.

Past Youth in Action Honorees include Paulina Bustillos, Madeline Makusky, Lane Davis, and Emily Zimmerman.

Click HERE to read about previous Wertheimer Honorees.

Please meet the 2015 Wertheimer Fellow Honorees :

Do you know a special youth who is positively impacting the community by volunteering their own distinctive talents and energies in Frederick County? If you do, The Community Foundation of Frederick County wants to know about them. Nominate that extraordinary youth to receive the 2016 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award. The honoree will receive a $1,000 grant to support a Frederick County nonprofit of their choice.

Please nominate a special youth for the Wertheimer Youth in Action Award by completing this online form. Submissions are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Questions? Contact the Community Foundation at 301.695.7660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Youth Nomination Form

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Thank you for your submission. After the Wertheimer Awards Committee reviews all applications in July, the Community Foundation will contact you regarding the status of your submission.

Do you know a special person who makes a profound difference in the lives of others by volunteering their own distinctive talents and energies in the Frederick County community? Someone who volunteers through sweat equity rather than financial capital? If you do, The Community Foundation of Frederick County wants to know about them. Nominate that extraordinary person now as a 2016 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism. Each year, two outstanding volunteers are honored as Wertheimer Fellows at our Annual Report to the Community and are awarded $25,000 each to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation, continuing a legacy of meaningful impact that is For Good. Forever. For Frederick County.

You can nominate a special person as a Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism by completing this online form. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Questions? Contact the Community Foundation at 301.695.7660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adult Nomination Form

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Thank you for your submission. After the Wertheimer Awards Committee reviews all applications in July, the Community Foundation will contact you regarding the status of your submission.

VaughnZimmerman.resizedVaughn Zimmerman of Walkersville has a long history of volunteering in Frederick County with fire and rescue services, civic duties, and sports and recreation. He is known for his involvement with the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company, of which he has been a member since May 1965, serving as president for eight years.

PeterBrehm.resizedPeter Brehm of Frederick has been an active volunteer in the Frederick area for many years, supporting organizations and their activities relating to the arts, local festivals, the environment, community and neighborhood development, and social issues.

PaulinaBustillos.resizedPaulina Bustillos of Frederick has been involved as a volunteer with several organizations throughout her high school career and continues to do volunteer work as she enters college. Most recently, she has participated with monthly food distributions at Whittier Elementary School organized by the Fort Detrick Alliance.

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