The Allen County Commissioners have begun accepting nominations for the “Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award,” designed to honor volunteerism and community service work.

The award is named for the longtime community advocates, who created and maintained the Allen County Law Enforcement/ Firefighters Memorial on North Wells Street in Fort Wayne. They were also instrumental in making improvements to the Baker-Fairfield neighborhood where they lived and worked.

Linda Vandeveer died Sept. 29, 2016, after battling Stage 4 terminal cancer.

Nominations will be accepted through June 30. Forms are available online at or at the Board of Commissioners office in Suite 410 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St

Download the Linada & Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award Nomination Form

Nominees will be evaluated based on four criteria:

Vision and action — seeing a need in their community and taking steps to meet that need;

Selflessness and sacrifice — devoting their time and energy in service to their community, without seeking recognition or reward;

Commitment and perseverance — working through difficulties and challenges to achieve their goal; and,

Impact — having a positive influence in their community through their work and serving as encouragement for others to do likewise.

The award will be presented Sept. 29. Recipients will receive a plaque and each winner’s name will be included on a perpetual plaque that will remain in the Commissioners’ Office.

Last September, the commissioners announced the establishment of the award to be presented annually to an individual residing in Allen County who has lived a life of service to the community outside of their regular profession in the example and tradition set by the Vandeveers.