It’s Vandeveer Award nomination time


The Allen County Board of Commissioners is accepting nominations for the annual Linda and Jerry Vandeveer Impact Award, which was named after longtime community advocates in order to honor service work and volunteerism.

The nominations are due by the end of the business day July 15 in the Board of Commissioners offices at Suite 410 of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St.

Nominations may not be submitted online, but printable nomination forms are available at //

The nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the following 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
  • Impact: making a positive impact in their community through their work and serving as encouragement for others to do likewise.

The award recipient will be presented with an individual plaque in September and a $250 check from Fire-Police City-County Federal Credit Union, which pays for the award out of a special account established by an anonymous donor for that purpose.

The recipient names also are included on a perpetual plaque that remains in the commissioners’ office, according to a statement on the award, which is in its third year.

The Vandeveers were best known in the community for their advocacy on behalf of police and firefighters, which included creating and maintaining the Allen County Law Enforcement/ Firefighters Memorial on North Wells Street.

They were also instrumental in making improvements to the Baker-Fairfield neighborhood where they lived and worked. Linda Vandeveer passed away in September 2016, after losing her battle with cancer.