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Carbondale, IL – Tara Bell-Janowick is the board chair, community relations director, and a volunteer at the Rainbow Café LGBT Youth Center. A founder and the lead coordinator of the Southern Illinois Pride Fest, she has organized many LGBTQ events in Southern Illinois, particularly in Jackson County. She is also a member of Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerich’s LGBTQ Advisory Council and a member of Equality Illinois’ Community Advisory Group.

Carbondale, Ill. – Steve Payne has been a good neighbor in Carbondale for nearly 45 years. While still in college, he purchased Quatro’s Deep Pan Pizza, which continues to be a local favorite today. In honor of Payne’s growing contributions to community organizations, and the top-notch Quatro’s pizza, he has received a 'Neighborly' Award. Inspired by educator and all-around great neighbor, Fred Rogers, this campaign recognizes role models in the community.

Silkworm Wins Business Good Neighbor Award

Dec 9, 2019

WSIU has announced Silkworm as the new business recipient of the monthly Good Neighbor award as a part of WSIU's One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities.

Carbondale, IL – Kenneth is a board member of Green Earth, a non-profit that owns and maintains nature preserves in Carbondale. Its properties enhance Carbondale neighborhoods by providing green spaces and trails. Knowledgeable about plants and an amazingly hard worker, Kenneth assists and supervises volunteer work crews during the monthly workdays at Green Earth properties and has been doing so for many years. A lab technical assistant in pathology at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for just over 18 years, he has volunteered countless hours of physical work to maintain Green Earth trails and help fight invasive species even before the summer of 2018. Since retiring a year ago, he has been working on Green Earth nature preserves nearly every day, weather permitting. WSIU Public Broadcasting, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce Kenneth Mayberry as the new individual recipient of the monthly ‘Good Neighbor’ award as a part of WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities. “I’m very honored. I never considered myself in the same company as people who have won that award. When I’m doing something for recreation, the kind of benefit is just mutual. While I’m getting an award for volunteer hours, I don’t want it to be lost that this is self-beneficial. I’m sure I’m helping the natural environment, but I'm also helping my own environment, so I’m both giving and taking at the same time. And it's great that Green Earth is seeing benefit from my labors,” said awardee Kenneth Mayberry.

Eric Combs
Eric Combs

Carbondale, IL – As the band director of Richland County Middle School for 12 years, Eric Combs uses music education to inspire students to reach for their goals and to always keep climbing. 

Harriet Simon
WSIU / WSIU

Carbondale, IL – WSIU is pleased to announce Harriet Furst Simon as the new individual recipient of the monthly ‘Good Neighbor’ award as a part of WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative. Inspired by Fred Rogers, the campaign recognizes people who exemplify kindness and compassion and make a positive impact in their communities.

Abigail Fields
WSIU

Carbondale, IL – Recognizing that kids and teens facing loss and grief needed a safe place to share and process their emotions, 10-year-old Abigail Fields sparked the idea for a “Safe Place” program while participating in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois/PRIDE After School Program. In honor of her service and thoughtfulness, Abigail received the “Good Neighbor” Award from WSIU’s One Region, All Neighbors initiative.