Celebrating Volunteers in Northeast Ohio’s Health and Social Services Community

The MTV: Most Treasured Volunteer Award is one of two awards presented annually by The Center for Community Solutions. 


2015-2016 Most Treasured Volunteers Winners

On October 21, 2016, five area residents were named MTVs (Most Treasured Volunteers) by The Center for Community Solutions for their dedication to volunteering at nonprofit human services organizations serving Greater Cleveland:

  • Nicole Cucuzza, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
  • James Eder, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio Hospice
  • Elva Fosh, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, AARP Experience Corps.
  • Jose Rivera, Esperanza, Inc.
  • Thomas Stebel, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland

Their volunteer service includes providing legal services for hospice patients and their families, literacy tutoring across grade levels in schools, mentoring young people, leading a merger of two diverse long-standing groups, and helping individuals while advocating for social justice on behalf of their community. Between them, they represent nearly 70 years of volunteer service.

Their service includes advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents, resolving issues that range from complaints about food to abuse of residents; providing free podiatric care for people who are homeless and often shoeless; visiting hospitalized children to take their minds off their illnesses; ensuring that blood drives are successful; helping to remove barriers to high‐quality education. Between them, they represent 86 years of volunteer service.

Read about their Most Treasured Volunteer activities.

“The annual MTV Awards celebrate people who create solutions to human problems by giving of their time, talent, and treasure—by giving of themselves through volunteering,” said John R. Corlett, Community Solutions’ president and executive director. “The work of thousands of professionals in our human services system is strengthened by such volunteers. This year, Community Solutions is delighted to recognize these ‘human service champions’ in the home of one of our community’s champion sports teams.”

MTV Awards were presented on The Practice Court of The Q at the 2016 Celebration of Human Services. 

Previous Winners

A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues. CCS helps the people who help people—human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, CCS identifies, analyzes, and explains key health, social, and economic data and issues, and proposes non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans.