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Small Town Big Heroes

Our Small Town Heroes


The United Way of Northwest Illinois started the Small Town Big Heroes campaign in 2016 as a way to acknowledge the unsung heroes in Northwest Illinois.  The campaign was so well received, that we decided to make it an annual campaign.  The United Way believes that in order to live better, we must LIVE UNITED, and we see many people in our community that share this philosophy and are pitching in everyday to improve lives in Northwest Illinois.  The campaign, now in its 3rd year, features artistic photographs as well as inspiring quotes from individuals who give of their time and talent so tirelessly to our region, and help encourage others to join them in their work.  These types of individuals truly embody the mission and values of the United Way of Northwest Illinois, and it is our pleasure to share their stories with our region

Things to consider when making your nomination:

-Does the individual do something over and above their current job to give back to the community?
-Do they expemplify the qualities of a servant leader?  (Meaning they put the needs of others or the community above their own)
-What level of change have they helped to make in the community? 
-How have their actions helped to inspire others to give back to their community?
-Do they represent a cross sector of our community? 



The exhibit featured photographs taken by Amy Dreibelbis and Ben Fairweather of D + F Photography in downtown Freeport. Each year the photographs encompass a vantage point that reflects the theme of the campaign.  In 2017, the theme celebrated "Champions of Change".  We look forward to recognizing more Small Town Heroes, in years to come.  Please feel free to click on the link below to nominate someone you know to be featured in our 2018 campaign.



View Gallery of 2016 Heroes


Nominate a Small Town Hero

View Gallery of 2017 Heroes