Spotlight will set its sights on Community Stars

Tribune seeks nominations

WARREN — The time has come again for the Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 to pay tribute to the very best examples of community service and the people who perform those outstanding acts.

Now in its 17th year, the Community Stars program celebrates volunteers who go above and beyond to make a significant impact in the lives of others.

Previous honorees include a local teen who repaired and gave away bicycles to local kids at Christmas, a breast cancer survivor who began a nonprofit to raise money to help cancer patients cover medical expenses, a woman who started an organization that would eventually become Trumbull SCOPE and a local doctor who raises money through a nonprofit group to help senior citizens buy needed prescription medication.

And then there was a man who gave a part of his liver to a stranger so the young girl could live and a man who spent most of his days at a local soup kitchen helping residents get the help and meals they need.

So, it’s time to recognize another group of those ordinary people who make an exceptional impact in the community.

The Tribune Chronicle is accepting nominations through Jan. 22. From those submissions, about 10 worthy recipients will be picked by a panel of judges.

The winners will be honored at a dinner in March and will be featured in a special section of the Tribune Chronicle.

“There are so many people doing meaningful volunteer work that has an amazing impact in Trumbull County and on the people who live here,” said Sue Shafer, community events coordinator for the newspaper. “We urge you to nominate a volunteer in your civic group, place of worship, community organization or workplace — someone who goes that extra mile to help those who need it.”

Nominations can be made by filling out the form that will run periodically in the Tribune Chronicle and mailing it to Tribune Chronicle, c/o Sue Shafer, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, OH 44483. Submissions can also be emailed to Shafer at or by logging on to and clicking on the Submit News button. There is a category for Community Stars.

Nominations should include an explanation of what makes the nominee stand out and a description of what they do.

This is the eighth year Trumbull 100 is a co-sponsor.

“The mission of Trumbull 100 is really to improve the quality of life within Trumbull County, so the projects we co-sponsor or fund are always aligned to the mission … Community Stars is an example of where people are doing the kinds of things that are significant projects that are going to better the lives of people within the community,” said Wanda Thomas, president of Trumbull 100.

A person can be nominated more than once, but they can win only one time.