The start of a new year means the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2015 Axel W. Carlson “Unsung Hero” Award. Since 1986, the Community Foundation has honored an individual, or group, whose gift of time, effort and dedication has consistently and unselfishly been given to the community.
Nomination forms and award criteria are available here. All forms are to be dropped off or mailed by April 1 to 418 Spring Street, Jamestown, or emailed to Sarah Marciniak, Communications Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born in the early 1890s in Sweden, Axel W. Carlson immigrated to the area as a teenager. Skilled as a carpenter, Carlson worked making tabletops for a business near Brooklyn Square. After returning from a trip back to his home town in Sweden, Carlson met and married his wife Emma. Carlson continued to work hard and save his money wisely. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. On November 3, 1981, Carlson passed away, but not before completing one final deed to help his community.
The money Carlson worked so hard for and used so frugally was left to assist the people in the community he left behind. Throughout his life, he never sought recognition or repayment for his work for others. His unselfish spirit and joy in helping his fellow man led the Community Foundation to create an award in his name to inspire others in our community to carry on his good work.
If you know someone from Southern Chautauqua County who has made significant contributions to an organization or project to better their community and who has neither received nor expects recognition or reward, nominate them for the 2015Axel W. Carlson “Unsung Hero” Award.