The Wertheimer Fellow Awards

Named for the late Janis Miller Wertheimer, a well-known Frederick County businesswoman and prolific volunteer, Wertheimer Fellows are recognized for their sweat equity rather than their financial contributions to the local community—leaving a lasting legacy of giving in everything they do.

Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism are recognized at the Community Foundation’s Annual Report to the Community each November and are awarded $25,000 to establish or add to a permanent fund with the Community Foundation for the nonprofit or charitable endeavor of their choice.

The Wertheimer Youth in Action Award honors a young person under the age of 18 each November who is positively impacting the community by volunteering their time and talent and is awarded a $1,000 grant to give to the nonprofit of their choice.

Nominations for both awards are open each year from June 1 through June 30.

Janis Miller Wertheimer

Jan Wertheimer

Mrs. Wertheimer was a lifelong Frederick resident and a 1929 graduate of Hood College. She and her husband Philip owned Nicodemus and Wertheimer, an insurance and real estate agency, and she was an active volunteer with many local organizations until her death in 2001. The Janis Miller Wertheimer Fund supports the awards program named for her, and other funds support seven nonprofits. By supporting the good works of others, Mrs. Wertheimer's legacy of making Frederick County the best it can be is realized in perpetuity.

The 2017 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism

RaeAnn E. Butler

RaeAnn E. Butler, of Frederick, has made volunteering a lifelong second career. She is devoted to helping the elder population in Frederick County. While attending Hood College, she helped launch Daybreak Adult Day Services through an unpaid internship. As a 20+ year member of the Elder Services Provider Council, RaeAnn was instrumental in creating the Elder Expo in 1991. Currently, RaeAnn chairs this annual event and conference that connects seniors with vendors and agencies that provide services critical to their well-being. She served on the board of Frederick County Commission on Aging from 2006 to 2014, leading projects such as Frederick County’s Needs Assessment of the Aging Population and was the liaison to the Adult Public Disabled Review Board. Most recently, she served on the Seniors First Committee to identify the needs of seniors and identify and allocate appropriate government resources to meet mandated service standards within Frederick County.   She also collaborated with Frederick Community College’s Gerontology Advisory Committee to establish its certificate in gerontology program. She has organized fundraising benefiting Meals on Wheels and other senior not-for-profits in Frederick.  RaeAnn was a long-standing board member of the Western Maryland Alzheimer’s Association and the first board chair for the consolidated Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

RaeAnn’s other passion is historic preservation. As a board member of Heritage Frederick, she has contributed countless hours to strategic planning, fundraising, facilities review and volunteer recruitment. Through her membership with Carrollton Manor DAR, she assisted in coordinating the Middletown African American Methodist Episcopal Cemetery project, helping to produce a 240-page book containing genealogical and biographical information about those buried in the cemetery. This project preserved information about African Americans buried there and highlighted the importance of preserving African American history in our community. RaeAnn followed this by organizing a symposium on African American history and genealogy.

In addition, RaeAnn currently serves as president of the Hood College Alumni Association. She is an active member of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, serving on the Finance Committee and co-chairing the Building Project Construction Implementation Committee. She also volunteered for many years with the Frederick County Chapter of the American Red Cross as a board member and first aid and safety instructor.

RaeAnn has, with her 2017 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, established The Butler Collins Community Impact Fund to provide grants to Frederick County nonprofits, with a focus on seniors and historic preservation and education.

Daniel W. Campbell

Daniel W. Campbell, of New Market, is assisting countless people in Frederick County who need a hand-up. Twice monthly, Dan supervises volunteers to set-up and take-down equipment for Mission of Mercy’s medical and dental clinic at Frederick Church of the Brethren. His volunteer recruitment efforts allow Mission of Mercy to assist more patients by having sufficient volunteer assistance. Dan also helps coordinate services for individuals and families through the Frederick Department of Social Services (DSS), which includes organizing the involvement of the Frederick Faith Community Partnership.

Dan is retired from the United States Air Force and has become the mentor coordinator with the Frederick County Veteran’s Treatment Court (VTC). As someone who can mentally and emotionally connect with combat veterans facing a variety of violations, he is on call 24-hours a day to provide peer support and help them obtain counseling and Veteran Administration benefits. Dan is a member of The American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, actively working to advance veterans’ concerns.

Knowing that there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities in Frederick County, Dan took a lead role as the volunteer director to launch the JustServe Initiative in Frederick County. This non-denominational website provides nonprofits, faith-based organizations and government service organizations to advertise volunteer services needs free of charge. It helps coordinate efforts between organizations and provides a way for those seeking volunteer opportunities to learn about them.

Dan’s other volunteer activities include developing a partnership with Seed of Life Nurseries and organizing volunteers to plant and maintain an acre-sized garden to supply food pantries and soup kitchens with produce. He organized a warm clothing drive to restock Frederick Rescue Mission’s Hidden Treasures closet when it ran out of winter clothing during a period of extremely cold weather. He is a board member of the Purple Moon Project whose mission is to eradicate poverty among the less fortunate and the veteran population in Frederick County. Throughout the county, Dan has helped many families in need of food, clothing, transportation, basic appliances, general maintenance and other assistance.

Dan has, with his 2017 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, created The Major Dan Campbell Veteran Services Fund to support veteran mentoring and also Mission of Mercy’s medical and dental programs.

Vanessa Fox, 2017 Youth in Action Honoree

Vanessa Fox, of Frederick, already has a long record of volunteer service in Frederick County, even at her young age. A student at Tuscarora High School, Vanessa participated in discussions about homelessness and socio-economic conditions in Frederick County, and with her English class, attended the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless Forum in 2016. As a result, Vanessa and several classmates created Welcome Home Kits for families transitioning from homelessness to semi-permanent housing for The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. Wanting to do more, Vanessa approached her teacher with an idea to organize a group to promote philanthropy for youth. Now, The Local Love Project has become a successful youth volunteer group at Tuscarora High School with 80 students involved. The group wanted to dedicate themselves to helping one nonprofit, and after research and meeting with various organizations, they decided to support Frederick Rescue Mission. Vanessa, who currently serves as president of The Local Love Project, has been instrumental in cultivating a close working relationship with Frederick Rescue Mission to support its food distribution center, organizing students to serve breakfast and lunch, and creating fellowship for the residents.

Vanessa has also volunteered her time at Ballenger Creek Elementary as a tutor, and with the soup kitchen at Frederick Community Action Agency. She is active with her church, Frederick Christian Fellowship.

Vanessa has, with her 2017 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award, selected Frederick Rescue Mission to receive a grant in support of its activities.

List of Wertheimer Fellows and Youth in Action Honorees:

Past Wertheimer Fellows

Cecilia Bach
Orley and Margaret Bourland
Virginia "Ginny" Brace
Elizabeth J. Brady
Peter Brehm
Dennis Cannon
Sandy Cox
Jeanie Cronin
Lawrence A. “Tommy” Dorsey
George and Ruth Dredden
Marlene England
Kristopher Fair
Susan Favorite
Leah Fleming
Caroline Gaver
Charlotte and Charles Glick
Richard M. Golling, Jr.
Diana R. Halleman
Miriam Lane
William O. Lee, Jr.
Eugene Long
Richard Markey
Susie Z. Miller
Jeannine Milyard
C. Rodman Myers
Viola M. Noffsinger
Ronnie Osterman
Frank Parsons
Jennie Sue Pearson
Colleen Remsberg
Nancy Roblin
Leslie Ruby
Edna and Grace Smith
Jane and Charles Smith
Robert F. Ward
Dr. George Waxter
Fran Wenner
Grace Winpigler
Gail A. Wood
Vaughn Zimmerman

Past Youth in Action Honorees

Paulina Bustillos
Cristian Castillo
Madeline Makusky
Caleb McNeil
Lane Davis
Emily Zimmerman

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