DNA Volunteers Receive Top Honor From Illinois Main Street

On Thursday, September 13, Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin volunteers Armida and Joe Dominguez were honored with Illinois Main Street’s Volunteers of the Year Awards at the organization’s annual Conference and Awards Dinner in Quincy, Illinois.

“The generous support the Dominguez family has provided the Elgin community truly exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism that is the foundation of Illinois Main Street and the Downtown Neighborhood Association and we are forever grateful for their service,” said DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski.

The DNA also received the Lt. Governor’s Award for Outstanding Economic Restructuring Program – Open for Business Progressive Ribbon Cuttings. For more on Open for Business in Downtown Elgin, check out our YouTube Video or browse DNA’s Open for Business Flickr Album.


She was a bank officer for JP Morgan Chase. He was a City of Elgin construction worker. In the decade since their retirement, Armida and Joe Dominguez have made new careers out of service to the Elgin community.

Whether it’s volunteering at events such as Elgin’s Fiesta Salsa, advocating for causes close to their hearts at public meetings, serving on volunteer committees or helping with fundraising for Elgin organizations in need, Armida and Joe personify the volunteerism spirit in every sense of the word.

An active DNA board member, Armida has assisted in raising thousands of dollars of support for the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin by bringing in new members and event sponsors annually. She also organizes the DNA’s monthly Out to Lunch in Downtown Elgin program. Joe serves on the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market committee and helps with special event set-up and take down.

Both are also very active members of Highland Fellowship Church, spearheading the Royal Rangers program and encouraging the church to participate in DNA sponsored events and programs. They also serve as liaisons to the Hispanic community to enhance their involvement with DNA and other organizations such as Sherman Hospital, Elgin Theatre Company, Elgin International Festival, Elgin Leadership Academy and the Hispanic Heritage Organization.

In 2011, Armida and Joe not only were honored with the Extraordinary Volunteers Award at the DNA’s annual Awards Gala but they also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The DNA congratulates Armida and Joe Dominguez on receiving this well deserved honor.