Reader's Choice Winner: Jay Winuk
Beliefnet is proud to announce that Jay Winuk is the Reader’s Choice for Most Inspiring Person of 2011. In honor of his efforts to inspire millions around the world to honor the innocent victims of 9/11 with acts of kindness and charitable service, Jay is also the recipient of Beliefnet’s 2011 Cup of Kindness™ Award.
Jay Winuk lost his younger brother Glenn, an attorney and volunteer firefighter, in the line of duty 10 years ago in the September 11 terrorist attacks. His brother’s heroism and lifelong devotion to community service inspired Winuk to co-found MyGoodDeed, a nonprofit leading the movement to transform 9/11 into an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance. Currently serving as vice president and also on the board of MyGoodDeed, Winuk is helping to build the 9/11 Day Observance initiative. A passionate advocate for volunteering and national service, he is a frequent public speaker on volunteerism, 9/11, and service-related topics. In 2006, Winuk was honored with the “Building Bridges Award” from the Voices of September 11th advocacy group; in 2008 he was awarded, along with MyGoodDeed co-founder David Paine, the nation’s highest volunteer service recognition: The President’s Call to Service Award; and in 2011, he was honored with the Daily Point of Light Award by former President George H.W. Bush and the Points of Light Institute for his volunteer work. Jay’s efforts are helping to inspire millions of people around the world who now honor the innocent victims of 9/11 with acts of kindness and charitable service for people and communities in need each year.