WEST LAFAYETTE — Multiplying Good, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on fueling personal growth and leadership through public service, recognized local volunteer, Dr. Sandy San Miguel with its prestigious Outstanding Public Service by an Employee Award for her positive community impact through her work with Purdue University during Multiplying Good’s 2019 Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. on June 18, 2019.
Dr. San Miguel was among 11 community leaders recognized with national honors for their commitment to service to others. Recipients of the local Jefferson Awards included winners of Multiplying Good’s grassroots, Champions, and Students In Action programs.
Nominated by Purdue University, Dr. San Miguel is a rural swine veterinarian and professor at Purdue University, an unexpected career path for a first-generation college student and Jewish city kid from Baltimore. She currently works with students from kindergarten to veterinary college to encourage them to pursue their dreams. She established and leads a NIH, NIGMS, SEPA-supported role model program, This Is How We “Role,” where veterinary medical students mentor children in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program is being delivered in 19 states through veterinary colleges and their community partners. She remains deeply grateful for all of the counselors, teachers, and coaches who supported her through this journey.
“Our annual gathering of changemakers from around the nation is a true testament to the continued and growing importance of public service,” said Hillary Schafer, Multiplying Good CEO. “By using our prestigious recognition platform, combined with our education and partner programs for grassroots, corporate and student leaders, we’re able to empower future volunteers to drive positive impact in their communities through service to others. This year’s class of honorees is truly remarkable, and we know their stories will inspire the next generation.”
Local awardees were honored alongside notable national winners for their public service efforts and initiatives:
- Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker and founder of Von’s Vision, received the award for Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports
- Patagonia, represented by the company’s environmental advocate Avi Garbow, received the award for Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation
- Five community leaders received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Local Communities:
- Tim Arnold of Cincinnati, OH, nominated by the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Enquirer, and WKRC-TV, Local 12 for supporting at-risk-youth through his organization Lawn Life
- Wayne Bisek of Madison, WI, nominated by WKOW-TV, for providing support to underprivileged families and food pantries through his nonprofit Buckets for Hunger
- Renee Fahey of Albany, NY, nominated by the Times Union, for providing meals and other essentials to homeless members of her community through the Street Soldiers program
- Dr. Kit Ford of Davenport, IA, nominated by WQAD-TV News 8, for creating a safe space and providing services for victims of abuse through Argrow’s House
- Christan Rainey of Charleston, SC, nominated by WCIV-TV, for his efforts to end the cycle of domestic violence through events and advocacy as the founder and CEO of Men Against Domestic Violence
One additional individual whose company participates in Multiplying Good’s Champions program received an award for Outstanding Public Service by an Employee:
- Michael Simon of Pittsburgh, PA, nominated by Highmark Health, for his work with at-risk-youth as a nurse, as well as founding Picnic in the Park, an annual event that provides health screenings, clothing donations, and a BBQ lunch for homeless community members living on the North Side of Pittsburgh
Additionally, four schools involved in Multiplying Good’s Students In Action program were honored at the event. The winners of the Students In Action National Competition were:
- Fishers High School of Fishers, IN – National Ambassador Students In Action Team: Fishers High School earned the National Ambassador SIA Team recognition for reaching more than 21,000 individuals through various initiatives, including a service leadership conference and developing the Creating Actions Through Service (CATS) program to encourage service among younger classmates
- Lexington High School of Lexington, SC – Gold National Banner Students In Action Team: Lexington High School earned the Gold National Banner SIA Team recognition for their work in cancer awareness and education through the “Linking Lexington” movement and fundraising that resulted in more than $12,450 generated for patients in-need
- Champlin Park High School of Champlin, MN – Silver National Banner Students In Action Team: Champlin Park High School earned the Silver National Banner SIA Team recognition for their efforts in providing support to the homeless community in their region through a clothing drive, survivor fundraiser, packaging care kits, and food delivery
- An-Noor Academy of Piscataway, NJ – Bronze National Banner Students In Action Team: An-Noor Academy earned the Bronze National Banner SIA Team recognition for addressing hunger in their region by partnering with their community center’s outreach program and developing Feed the Homeless to reach homeless individuals not being served through regular channels
The 47th annual Jefferson Awards presented by Multiplying Good took place at The Mayflower Hotel and was made possible by the generous support of Clearsight Advisors, The Community Foundation of New Jersey, Joyce Cowin, Deloitte, Denver Broncos, Grafik, National Football League, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, United Steelworkers, and Vodafone’s America Foundation.
For more information about Multiplying Good and the Jefferson Awards, visit MultiplyingGood.org.