Good Neighbor Recognition
The City of Valparaiso has launched a Good Neighbor Recognition program to promote neighborhood involvement and community service. The Good Neighbor Award will be an annual recognition, highlighting an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to their neighborhood and the greater community through volunteerism and service.
Members of the community are invited to nominate individuals who demonstrate their volunteerism and commitment to the community by building a brighter future for Valparaiso. Nominees may represent all age groups, interest areas and walks of life. A committee of volunteers will select a recipient to be recognized by Mayor Murphy annually in November.
The nomination period for 2021 will open in September. Eligibility and criteria include:
- individual nominees must be Valparaiso residents and must have volunteered in the city within the past year;
- individuals and organizations may only contribute one nomination per year;
- individuals may not self-nominate for this award;
- nominees may not be compensated for the service described within the nominations; and
- selection committee members and elected officials may not participate as nominators or nominees.
2020 Recipient - Bob Westfall
Bob Westfall is an excellent example of the giving and community-minded people who make a difference in Valparaiso. Bob Westfall began volunteering at age seven when he joined the Cub Scouts on Chicago’s south side. He has been sharing his time and talents in Valparaiso since he and his wife, Pam, moved to the city in 1990. He has been active with Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together, both ValPlayso builds, Kiwanis and Hilltop House. Throughout the years, he has been instrumental in installing more than 50 wheelchair ramps throughout the community, allowing people to safely access their homes and add options for safe travel. The Westfalls have raised two sons in Valparaiso, Thomas and Michael, before Westfall retired from NIPSCO. Learn more.
Congratulations to all our nominees. View a list of all nominees for the Good Neighbor Award organized by year.
Thank you to our volunteer selection committee: Kaye Frataccia, Garner Tullis, Lisa Franko and Ashley Oyer.