Community Foundation’s 2015 Excellence in Volunteerism and Youth in Action Honorees Announced

FREDERICK, MD – October 1, 2015: The Community Foundation of Frederick County will hold its 29th Annual Report to the Community and celebrate Wertheimer2015.resized29 years of service to Frederick County on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, Francis Scott Key Mall.

Each year, the Community Foundation holds its Annual Report to the Community to thank its donors and to report on its accomplishments during the prior fiscal year. It also uses this annual event to honor outstanding individuals as Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism. The honorees are selected from among many nominees for their selfless contributions of time, energy, and talents to the Frederick County community. The awards are made possible by a bequest from the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick businesswoman and prolific volunteer whose legacy of giving continues through her planned gift that created, among three funds, The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation.

The Janis Miller Wertheimer Endowment Fund has provided each Wertheimer Fellow with $25,000 to add to an existing Community Foundation fund or create a new fund and a $1,000 grant to a nonprofit of choice by the Youth in Action honoree. Through this award, their legacies of giving will continue to touch lives and help those who are served through area nonprofit organizations.

The following individuals have been chosen to receive the 2015 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism Award and the Wertheimer Youth in Action Award.

Peter Brehm of Frederick has been an active volunteer in the Frederick area for many years, supporting organizations and their activities relating to the arts, local festivals, the environment, community and neighborhood development, and social issues. He is known for his community involvement that began in 2008 with Neighborhood Advisory Council 9 of which he is the current co-coordinator. He is also the current president of Friends of Baker Park, where he began working as a volunteer, then treasurer, and was appointed president in 2013. He is active with Frederick County Green Homes Challenge as a certified Green Homes Leader, and was instrumental in helping coordinate the Green Homes Challenge. He is also the treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of Suburban Frederick through which he serves at the soup kitchen every month, and he maintains the Orchard Grove Elementary School gardens in honor of the late Rodney Pulliam.

Mr. Brehm also serves at The Frederick Center as the treasurer and co-coordinator of Frederick Pride, including coordinating Frederick Pride's annual event and organizing group activities. In addition, his volunteer service includes improving and managing the beer and wine garden for the Frederick Festival of the Arts, and assisting with Celebrate Frederick Candlelight House Tour, Celebrate Frederick Beyond the Garden Gates Tour, Color on the Creek, Friends of Carroll Creek Linear Park, Friends of Waterford Park, and the "iCan Bike" program.

Those volunteering with Mr. Brehm describe him as "selfless" because of his commitment to the cause he is working for, his positive outlook, his ability to lead but not seek the spotlight, his willingness to mentor others, and his focus on helping family, friends, and the community.

Mr. Brehm has, with his 2015 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, established The Frederick Center Fund. The fund will support The Frederick Center's programs, including the youth group, trans/variant group, and HIV test kit distribution.

Vaughn Zimmerman of Walkersville has a long history of volunteering in Frederick County with fire and rescue services, civic duties, and sports and recreation. He is known for his involvement with the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company, of which he has been a member since May 1965, serving as president for eight years. He has 47 continuous years of active service in operational and administrative duties, has served 30 years on the board of directors, and was elected assistant secretary for four years. He is a certified national firefighter, and is trained in advanced fireman operations, hazardous materials, emergency driving, and ladder and truck company operations. He also helped form the Walkersville Community Ambulance Company in 1977 and was a top responder for 10 years. During his time there he served in multiple capacities, including helping to build the first quarters for the Ambulance/Rescue Company at the Walkersville Carnival grounds.

In addition, Mr. Zimmerman served 10 years as secretary of the Frederick County Fire Chiefs Association during which time he helped develop and implement the house numbering system currently used in Frederick County. He also was 2nd Assistant Chief for 11 years, was president of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire & Rescue Association, and served on the first Fire & Rescue Task Force that united the Frederick City fire department with the Frederick County fire companies as one response service. In 2002, Mr. Zimmerman was awarded "Volunteer Firefighter of the Year" by the Frederick Chamber of Commerce for being a top responder of the company for several years.

Mr. Zimmerman has served on the Walkersville Board of Appeals for over 10 years and currently serves as chairman. He was elected as Town Commissioner for two four-year terms. He also was a key player in the development of Walkersville sports programs. He helped form the Frederick County Fireman's Softball League in 1971, was a former coach for Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, and was the Walkersville Youth Soccer Coach for several years.

Known to many as "Mr. Walkersville Fireman," Mr. Zimmerman is described as a hero because of his unfailing decades of dedication to ensuring and improving emergency services in Walkersville, and Frederick County.

Mr. Zimmerman has, with his 2015 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, established The Vaughn Zimmerman Fund for the Walkersville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Companies. The fund will support safety, education, and training programs at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Walkersville Volunteer Rescue Company.

Paulina Bustillos of Frederick has been involved as a volunteer with several organizations throughout her high school career and continues to do volunteer work as she enters college. Most recently, she has participated with monthly food distributions at Whittier Elementary School organized by the Fort Detrick Alliance. In this position she was motivated to pursue more volunteer opportunities, and in June 2015, Ms. Bustillos accepted an AmeriCorps position with Asian American Center of Frederick. She is involved with its broad range of outreach activities, which averages six activities a month. She has continuously demonstrated her caring mannerisms and overall team work spirit.

Ms. Bustillos is a positive role model, even for the adult volunteers. She engages in planning meetings with adults and college students, and impresses others with her maturity and knowledge. Ms. Bustillos has also been involved with the English as Second Language classes, serving as a Spanish-speaking teacher assistant and a one-on-one tutor. She is also fluent in French and has been able to provide translation for clients who come from French-speaking African nations. Because of her trilingual abilities, Ms. Bustillos is particularly helpful to clients requesting health insurance enrollment. She is an inspiration to the teachers and students, and is an example of the values of equity, fairness, and respect.

Ms. Bustillos has, with her 2015 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award, selected Centro Hispano de Frederick to receive a grant to support its activities.

Video vignettes about the Wertheimer awardees will be unveiled during the 29th Annual Report to the Community, courtesy of WHAG-TV.

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