Nominate Your Community Hero Today!
Community members are invited and encouraged to nominate a deserving Chester County resident to receive the Eastburn Community Service Award, presented each year in memory of Jane and Al Eastburn, both of whom served the Coatesville area as non-profit leaders with distinction.
The Eastburn Community Service Award highlights a local hero who has gone above in the Greater Coatesville community. Communities everywhere have seen extraordinary medical professionals, first responders, volunteers, community leaders, local business owners and employees, essential workers, and everyday people who have been working tirelessly to make a difference. Thousands in our local community are dealing with an immeasurable level of suffering and massive disruption to their daily lives. We are celebrating our local unsung heroes and want to hear their impact!
Priority will be given to those who:
- Serve on the frontlines as a first responder (healthcare professional, law enforcement officers, paramedics, fire and EMT personnel, 911 communication operator, etc.),
- Provide innovative support relating to health, mental health, education, employment, housing, and/or economic revitalization
- Help/support non-profits in the Coatesville community,
- Volunteer their time and talents in the Coatesville area,
- Serve as mentors to help develop future volunteer leaders for our community,
- Have a consistently positive outlook on the future of the Coatesville community,
- Persevere through challenges and setbacks.
Recipients will have the opportunity to designate a non-profit(s) serving the Coatesville area to receive a $2,500 grant in their honor!
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to uplift their neighbors and community? Nominate them today! One-page letters/PDF attachment due to the attention of Alyssa Kotzmann: email@example.com by May 26, 2023.
New This Year
In addition to being featured in an upcoming AHE eNewsletter, social media outlets and press releases to local news media, the honoree will also be recognized at The Alliance’s Spring Event!
About the Award
With the encouragement and initial funding of Dallas Krapf and the Krapf Bus Co., the Eastburn Community Service Award was established in 2016 by The Alliance for Health Equity’s board of directors, in recognition of Jane and Al Eastburn’s service to the Coatesville area through their leadership of various boards and community organizations over several decades, including Brandywine Hospital, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Coatesville Area Public Library, the YMCA, Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Coatesville Area Partners for Progress, and The Alliance for Health Equity. “Al Eastburn and his wife Jane literally gave their whole lives to the community and worked hard to make Coatesville a better place for everyone,” commented Dallas Krapf, Co-Chairman of the Board, Krapf Bus Companies. “After Jane and then Al passed away, I wanted something to be done every year so they would be recognized for their lifelong commitment to the community.”
The Eastburn Community Service Award is given to an individual who has and/or still gives back to the Coatesville community, making a positive difference with their time, energy, and expertise.
Check out 2022 recipient Curt Martinez (West Caln Township Police Department) in the video below!
Other past award recipients and heroes include Sandra Simmons (Women’s League for Minority Education), Samuel Brown (Coatesville Youth Initiative).Pierre Annaballi (Coatesville Area Public Library), Robert “Bob” A. Spatola (Handi-Crafters, Inc., and Coatesville Youth Initiative), Steve and Shannon Kirk (Scott Field Project), Sgt. Rodger Ollis, Jr. (Chester County Food Bank, Coatesville Kids to College, David’s Drive 831, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County and Salvation Army of Coatesville).
(Video by Valley Creek Productions)