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Recognizing those who go above and beyond for the Bennington community

Each fall, we solicit nominations for awards highlighting those who exhibit generosity. Selections are made by a committee of Bennington Community Foundation board members, and awards are presented to recipients at a community event.


of the year

Each year we recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Bennington community within the past 12 months.



Periodically we honor a community leader who has made significant contributions to Bennington over his or her lifetime. 



On occasion we celebrate a member of the community who, although no longer with us, dedicated much of his or her life to the betterment of the Bennington. 

Previous Recipients

Melissa Freed

2021 Volunteer of the year

Melissa Freed was selected as the 2021 Bennington Community Foundation Volunteer of the Year for her tireless volunteerism in the Bennington Community.  She has given many hours to the Bennington Schools as the PTO President and Bennington School Foundation.  Melissa has also been very involved in Girl Scouts and has coached many youth sports teams.


Lindsey Adams

2020 Volunteer of the year

Lindsey is currently President of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with the organization since it started. She volunteers regularly within the school, athletic programs, and her church.  When COVID hit, Lindsey played a critical role along with the Bennington Chamber of Commerce and Bennington Schools Foundation to establish the Bennington Community food pantry which is now located at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

"All the volunteering time and energy she spends is because she truly loves our community and wants her - and everyone's - children to experience small-town benefits." -Community Member 


Volunteer of the Year

Zac Johns


Lifetime Achievement

Bill Bohn

Legacy Award

Dave Clark


Volunteer of the Year

Brad Baumert

Lifetime Achievement

Dave Clark


Volunteer of the Year

Ingrid Geiseman


Volunteer of the Year

Tim Clark

Lifetime Achievement

Mike Fucsher

Legacy Award

Jim Bonge


Volunteer of the Year

Kathy Faucher

Lifetime Achievement

Karen Arp

Legacy Award

Mel Valasek


Volunteer of the Year

Maureen Proksel


Volunteer of the Year

Matt Wickham

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