Eight years ago, Lorraine Kerwood turned a passion for tinkering with and repairing electronics into a flourishing passion for helping others. She established an electronics recycling and distribution center, NextStep, which brings refurbished computers and electronics to disadvantaged communities. Volvo announced that Kerwood has been named one of the top three winning heroes in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards. Kerwood is being recognized in the program's Environment category and will receive a $100,000 contribution to the charity of her choice. Volvo home town hero award
Kerwood will receive her award at the Volvo for Life Awards Ceremony at New York City's world famous Cipriani's 42nd Street on March 19. During the ceremony one overall Grand Award winner will also be named "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" and will be presented with a new Volvo every three years for the rest of his or her life.
"I am honored to be chosen a hometown hero. This is an extraordinary event for me and our nonprofit. I want to personally thank everyone who voted and believed in me and NextStep" Kerwood said. "The recognition will go a long ways towards getting the word out about protecting our environment from the hazards of electronics waste and the importance of reuse before recycling. What a lovely opportunity!".
She accepted the award with these comments: Listen to the podcast.