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KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center present Community Heroes, honoring individuals who give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego.

Program Updates & Information

The nomination period for the topic of affordable housing is now over. Thank you for submitting your nominations.

Stay tuned! On Thursday, June 1, 2017, the hero for the topic of affordable housing will be announced and information about a community conversation around affordable housing will be posted here.

Nominations for the topic of immigration will open on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Topic #1: Racial Justice & Equality

Health Advocate Elizabeth Bustos Named KPBS Community Hero

Bustos has spent decades promoting health and justice in Southeast San Diego.

What is Community Heroes?

In January 2017, KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center were pleased to launch a new local initiative: Community Heroes. The goal of Community Heroes is to honor ordinary individuals who give selflessly to benefit their community and have actively made it a better place.

KPBS and NCRC seek nominations for heroes from the public based on topics, ranging from health to poverty, from inequity to the environment. Four heroes are chosen annually, with the first honored in the spring of 2017. In selecting the honorees, a committee of volunteers look for individuals who embody service and selflessness, who have shown a commitment to effectively collaborating with those around them, and who reflect the diversity of our region.

Community Heroes is a continuation of a program called Local Heroes, a partnership between KPBS and Union Bank. The program ran from 1998 - 2016 and was structured around heritage months, honoring individuals who were and are making a difference in sixteen diverse communities in San Diego.

Click here to see an archive of the remarkable San Diegans who were honored as Local Heroes in the past.