Clackamas County is presenting the Community Action Impact awards at the May 16 Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Business Meeting. The awards recognize Clackamas County organizations and individuals who are making significant contributions to county communities by working to help those who are struggling to meet their basic needs improve their life circumstances. The Community Action Board, comprised of citizens appointed by the BCC to help further the mission of community action, is sponsoring these awards.
Winners of the awards are:
Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine Founders Clinic for their work providing free health care and information and referral related to health issues for low-income adult county residents who do not have health insurance. The clinic is staffed by volunteer medical and allied health professionals dedicated to serving the uninsured with care and respect. During the first 12 months of operation, over 500 clients were seen.
Carol Kay for her work as the president of the Friends of the Ledding Library (FOLL) from 1999 to 2011. During Carol’s tenure the FOLL developed into an efficient and dynamic organization that brought significant increases in fund-raising and community involvement. Carol has been an excellent advocate in her belief that the library’s role is to provide equal and free access to all members of the community.
The Ant Farm for their work identifying local food source needs and enhancing the local food system. AntFarm engages local under-resourced youth as the "keepers" of the garden. In this role, the youth attain work skills, life skills, nutrition awareness, a sense of community, and pride of ownership. The produce harvested assists low-income elderly and families to meet their basic food needs.
For more information please contact Brenda Durbin, Director of Clackamas County Social Services, at 503-655-8641.