Good Neighbor Recognition
The Good Neighbor Recognition program promotes neighborhood involvement and community service. The Good Neighbor Award is 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 at Valpo Parks' Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Nominations are due by November 4 to be considered for the 2022 award. Submit your nominations here.
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.
2022 selection committee volunteers include Lisa Franko, Kaye Frataccia, Susie Hord, Patrick Lyp and Garner Tullis.
Good Neighbor Award History
View a list of all nominees for the Good Neighbor Award organized by year.
2021 - Susie Hord - Susie Hord has a heart for families, children, her College Hill neighborhood and the elderly. She quietly makes a difference for so many. Susie Hord has been serving the Valparaiso community since she arrived to attend Valparaiso University in 1972, and then chose to make Valparaiso her home. She served as director of the pre-school at Immanuel Lutheran for more than 25 years and recently helped the school to achieve well deserved accreditation. She is currently active with Immanuel’s comfort team, taking Caleb, the comfort dog, to visit local nursing homes and schools. Susie also volunteers with the College Hill Neighborhood Association, Valparaiso Family YMCA, Valpo Schools Backpacks and Snacks program, First Things First Porter County and Indiana Promise. Learn more.
2020 - 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.