Everyone in Westport should be “aware” of Nicole Gerber.
A resident since 2009 and mother of 2, Nicole got involved with AWARE CT at its inception 5 years ago. In 2015, she became director of operations.
AWARE stands for Assisting Women with Action, Resources and Education. Every year, they partner with a local women’s-oriented non-profit by organizing an educational event and hosting a fundraiser.
Nicole brings creativity and passion to her volunteer efforts. Last year, she single-handedly developed a video project, to raise awareness of AWARE. She runs AWARE’s day-to-day operations, while providing vision and drive.
She’s taking this year’s partnership with Caroline House — the Bridgeport organization that provides English lessons and life skills to immigrant women — to a new level.
Nicole is making a cookbook, featuring family recipes contributed by Caroline House students from around the world, and AWARE members from across Fairfield County.
She’s gotten many Westporters involved. International best-selling author Jane Green is writing the foreward. Noted photographer Jerri Graham is taking pictures. The Westport Library’s MakerSpace team is doing the layout.
Nicole also plays a huge role on the board of advisors of Unite the World with Africa. She traveled to Tanzania last year, and will return next year. She hosts events in her home to raise awareness about the issues facing families in that nation.
Nicole is passionate about everything she does. She is tremendously organized. And extremely thorough.
She’s personally testing every recipe in the cookbook she’s assembling, to make sure they are 100% accurate.
Well-run organizations and great fundraisers don’t just happen.
They need the help of people who are very aware.
People like this week’s Unsung Hero, Nicole Gerber.
(AWARE’s fundraiser on behalf of Caroline House is Saturday, June 9 in Westport. For tickets and more information, click here. To nominate an Unsung Hero, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hat tip: Amy Saperstein)