Good Neighbor Recognition

Nominate A Good Neighbor Today! WEBThe Good Neighbor Recognition program promotes neighborhood involvement and community service. The Good Neighbor Award is an annual recognition, highlighting an individual who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to their neighborhood and the greater community through volunteerism and service.  

Members of the community are invited to nominate individuals who demonstrate their volunteerism and commitment to the community by building a brighter future for Valparaiso. Nominees may represent all age groups, interest areas and walks of life. A committee of volunteers will select a recipient to be recognized by Mayor Murphy at Valpo Parks' Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Submit your nomination today! 

Nominations for the 2021 Good Neighbor Award must be submitted no later than Friday, November 5, 2021.  Click this link to complete the nomination form.

Eligibility and criteria include: 

  • individual nominees must be Valparaiso residents and must have volunteered in the city within the past year; 
  • individuals and organizations may only contribute one nomination per year; 
  • individuals may not self-nominate for this award; 
  • nominees may not be compensated for the service described within the nominations; and 
  • selection committee members and elected officials may not participate as nominators or nominees.  


Good Neighbor Award History

View a list of all nominees for the Good Neighbor Award organized by year. 

Bob Westfall 20202020 - Bob Westfall - Bob Westfall is an excellent example of the giving and community-minded people who make a difference in Valparaiso.  Bob Westfall began volunteering at age seven when he joined the Cub Scouts on Chicago’s south side. He has been sharing his time and talents in Valparaiso since he and his wife, Pam, moved to the city in 1990. He has been active with Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together, both ValPlayso builds, Kiwanis and Hilltop House. Throughout the years, he has been instrumental in installing more than 50 wheelchair ramps throughout the community, allowing people to safely access their homes and add options for safe travel.  The Westfalls have raised two sons in Valparaiso, Thomas and Michael, before Westfall retired from NIPSCO.  Learn more.