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Spotlight on Brent Nawroth

Member Spotlight: Volunteer of the Year Brent Nawroth
Give Back Cincinnati would like to offer a huge congratulations to our own Brent Nawroth, who was recently named the 2010 Outstanding Adult Volunteer by the the Ohio Community Service Council. If you know Brent, you know he exemplifies the Give Back Cincinnati program he leads, Paint the Town: He works as the event lead, is getting an award for his work, and yes, he even met his wife at a Paint the Town event.

But even as he accepts an award for their work, Nawroth, an engineer at GE Aviation, gives the credit to his team. He spoke about the recognition with Give Back Cincinnati:

How did you hear that the Ohio Community Service Council named you Outstanding Adult Volunteer this year?

I didn’t know anything about it, but I was nominated at the end of last year. I was out of town on a business trip, and I had a voicemail with the news. They told me I was nominated and that I won.

What is your reaction to receiving it?

It’s nice that it’s an individual award, but it’s reflective of the team itself. I’m still wondering, “Why me?” But the impact we’re making in Cincinnati is really a reflection of our committee. These people are dedicated, and they really want to get involved and help out. It’s the epitome of teamwork.

What do you think makes Paint the Town such a great program, worthy of this recognition?

From a committee side, we’ve had a lot of accomplishments after 10 years painting houses. The committee dedicates a lot of time to planning events. After we finish doing one, we’re already planning it for the next year. And I think a lot of it comes down to the people who volunteer to help out.

The program has also gained a lot of momentum with the community, and they’re wanting us to come help, to talk about how we can work together. It’s a catalyst in the communities. Even if we’re not working on certain people’s houses, they might come out and clean up when they see us there painting.

What makes it so rewarding?

It’s a fun project to get involved in the community where you’re going to help. It’s great to meet the different homeowners and find these different pockets of the city. It gives you a different outlet and a different role than you might have at work. It offers you a dynamic where you can own a part of the project and see its results.

If you’d like to see Brent in action, we encourge you to join Paint the Town on Saturday, June 11, 2011. You can learn more about upcoming Paint the Town events at