Miron Construction Co., Inc.’s Cheri Duchrow, an IT project leader, has been selected as the Post-Crescent’s 2018 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year.
Duchrow was nominated by Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services for Miron Construction, for her lifelong commitment to volunteerism.
“I nominated Cheri for this award because of her exemplary volunteerism and for her selfless acts of kindness. She gives her time, talent and treasure to many community and faith-based organizations and nonprofit agencies. Her efforts have been paramount to the success of countless programs and have left a long-lasting, positive impact on so many individuals, helping to make the Fox Cities a better place to live,” Lehman said. “Cheri’s compassion, passion for helping others, and spirit of goodness, along with the fact that she makes it a priority to give back, is why she is so deserving of this honor.”
Duchrow, a life-long volunteer, spends the majority of her volunteer time with young people at various churches in the area. For the past eight years, she has worked with J4Hope, a group of young ladies committed to making a difference. What started out as making jewelry to fund mission trips has expanded into raising funds to sponsor children around the world and helping to support both international and local causes (e.g., Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Harbor House, and multiple food pantries).
Duchrow shares her musical talents at multiple local churches and her love of photography lends itself to snapping photos for local events. As the Volunteer Coordinator for Compassion International for the state of Wisconsin, Cheri often attends events, in addition to training volunteers. Cheri can also often be found packing food at Feeding America or Feed My Starving Children, teaching Junior Achievement, helping members of a girl scout troop earn a badge, volunteering at fundraisers, and distributing anonymous donations.
Cheri is passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth, empowering people, and providing opportunities to volunteer and end human trafficking. She has commented that her experience of volunteering in third-world countries has forever changed the way she sees the world.
The award ceremony will take place at the Celebrating Volunteers Community Gala on April 26 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Each award recipient received $5,000 to donate to one or more Fox Valley charities of their choice.