The Annual Jere Melo Volunteer Service Award awards provide an outstanding opportunity to recognize, appreciate and honor community residents who have contributed over the years in areas such community volunteer work, volunteer organizations, auxiliary groups, community activities and volunteer recreational activities and sports leagues within the Fort Bragg vicinity.
Nominees and winners will be presented at the Jere Melo Foundation Volunteer Service Award Dinner.
If you know someone who fits this description, please take the time to submit a nomination form. Nominees of either award must be residents of Fort Bragg and surrounding area, and the nominees for the Youth award must be 19 years of age or younger. Emphasis will be placed upon a candidate’s service and contributions to local area organizations and to the community.
The award commemorates Jere Melo, longtime Fort Bragg forester, city council member, mayor, and leader and contributor to countless community efforts on the Mendocino Coast. He was slain while patrolling forestland east of Fort Bragg in 2011.
“The Jere Melo Foundation Volunteer of the Year award is given to a local volunteer who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to give back to the community, as Jere did for so many decades,” said foundation former board member John Andersen.