A Letter to the Community

Welcome to the 2019 class of Everyday Heroes, who quietly work to heal, unite and improve our communities.

In the spring, we asked for nominations to recognize members of the Columbus area whose extraordinarily selfless acts set them apart in these divisive times.

After reviewing the nominations, our panel of judges selected five finalists and 20 semifinalists.

Each will be honored at a luncheon on Oct. 1 at COSI, with one finalist being named the Dispatch Media Group Hero. We are grateful to our sponsors—the Columbus Foundation, the United Way of
Central Ohio, COSI and CME Federal Credit Union—for supporting our third annual event.

To highlight the achievements of these Everyday Heroes, we also created this special publication through the combined efforts of The Columbus Dispatch, ThisWeek Community News and Dispatch Magazines.

You will learn about a Hilliard resident who engages young people in a Hilltop housing complex; the director of a ministry who helps drug addicts recover; a volunteer who feeds hungry school children; and many more.

We are indebted to these Everyday Heroes for making such a significant difference in our community.

Bradley M. Harmon
Dispatch Media Group

Ray Paprocki
Dispatch Magazines