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 $2,000 grant to give to the nonprofit of their choice.


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 2018 Wertheimer Fellows for Excellence in Volunteerism

Christy Fuss

Christy Fuss
, of Frederick, has been a tireless volunteer with Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center for the last 15 years. As president, a position which she has held for the past five years, she supervises the Camp Center caretaker, and oversees eight committees. Christy works with the 240 adult trained volunteers who schedule events and plan and provide volunteer experiences for 4-H youth. Also, she manages the scheduling for Camp Center rentals to outside organizations, as well as handling the catering and the volunteers needed to prepare and serve meals.

4-H has been a part of Christy’s life since she was a child, as well as Future Farmers of America (FFA). She has led a 4-H Club with 30 members for the past 17 years and has been a leader and mentor to countless numbers of youth. She volunteers at The Great Frederick Fair and organizes the processing dates for the animals sold at the Fair by 4-H members. In 2017, she stayed at the Fair for an additional two weeks helping with the swine flu quarantine. Christy has been described as willing to “put her life on hold to handle situations that others would not have time for.”

Christy is also an EMT with Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department and has extensive experience as a responder. This training is invaluable at the Camp Center as she can provide medical assistance when needed for people at the Camp Center.

“Selfless, devoted, genuinely humble, willingness to serve” are just a few of the words used to describe Christy. Her deep interest in helping youth learn and develop life skills is highly respected, as she has a gift for teaching others while instilling confidence in their decision-making abilities. She is the true meaning of a 4-H volunteer who “makes the best better” for others.

Christy has, with her 2018 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, established The Fuss Family 4-H Camp Center Volunteer Fund to provide grants to Frederick County 4-H Camp and Activities Center.

Aje Hill

Aje Hill, of Frederick, has had life lessons that are unforgettable. Because of choices he made earlier in his life, he found himself incarcerated but this experience was the catalyst he needed to find ways to change. Two years ago, Aje founded I Believe In Me, Inc., a nonprofit that provides mentoring, reading and math programs, self-esteem and character building, socialization in society, financial literacy, and group activities for underprivileged youth in the community. He is the “head mentor,” showing youth that it is possible to change course and be successful. He meets with youth one-on-one on a regular basis, teaches peer relationship building, and encourages a desire and love for learning.

Currently, more than 55 youth within Frederick County are benefiting from the programs offered, and through referrals, Aje spends time with Frederick County Public Schools students during the school day providing assistance and mentoring. Through all of this, Aje says that his interaction with these youth help him as much as he helps them. However, his primary goal is to provide youth with the support and tools they need to meet and solve society’s challenges positively.

Aje has, with his 2018 Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism Award, established The I Believe In Me, Inc. Fund to provide grants to the I Believe in Me, Inc. organization in support of its youth mentoring programs.

Simon Price, 2018 Youth in Action Honoree

Simon Price, of New Market, is already a veteran volunteer at a young age. He has spent the majority of his last six summers with United Way of Frederick County’s Summer Serve program as a volunteer. A teen volunteer program, the program engages youth in service projects throughout Frederick County.

Simon has participated in building a community shed in a neighborhood community garden, installing the “My Plate Garden” at The Great Frederick Fair, planting and harvesting food and crops that help feed families in need, and assisting with the Lord Nickens mosaic at the Bernard Brown Community Center, and much more. One of Simon’s favorite events is “Stuff the Bus” that helps supply school supplies for thousands of students each year, and he has eagerly participated multiple times.

Summer Serve representatives have witnessed Simon grow into a strong young leader, always setting a good example for new youth entering the program. United Way of Frederick County has tagged him as “a rising leader and someone to be watched” as he already has a great working knowledge and passion for accomplishing great things in Frederick County and making it a better place.

Simon has, with his 2018 Wertheimer Youth in Action Award, selected United Way of Frederick County’s Live United program to receive a grant.

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
RaeAnn E. Butler
Daniel W. Campbell
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
Lane Davis
Vanessa Fox
Madeline Makusky
Caleb McNeil
Emily Zimmerman

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