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Clackamas County presents the 2014 Community Impact Awards

Clackamas County is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Community Impact Awards. The awards recognize Clackamas County organizations and individuals that are making a significant contribution to the community by helping those who are struggling to meet their basic needs improve their life circumstances. The Community Action Board, comprised of citizens appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to help further the mission of Community Action, is sponsoring these awards.

Distinguished Services Awardees

Robin Grimm, a past Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council member, founded Clackamas County Meals on Wheels to raise funds on a county-wide level to help support ten Clackamas County Senior Center’s nutrition programs.

Teri Grant started The Father’s Heart Street Ministry more than 15 years ago to assist individuals who may have barriers through other resources, serving individuals with a philosophy of dignity and respect.

Distinguished Individual Awardees

Lynn Stevens has volunteered as an AARP Tax-Aide for several years helping individuals and seniors with low income prepare their taxes, helping them receive the deductions and credits they deserve.

Andy Catts has been the executive director of the Clackamas Service Center for the past six years, working tirelessly to ensure the warming shelter is open when it’s needed most.

Promising Startup Awardees

John and Patti Bentley founded Hope Now Ministries, which partners with local churches in the county, to help others achieve their dreams by filling in the gaps other traditional organizations couldn’t.

The Gladstone Ministerial Association has teamed up with the Gladstone School District to create the Gladstone Community Clothes Closet, providing free clothing, new socks and underwear, shoes, and jackets to youth of all ages.

Youth Awardee

Milwaukie High School 10th to 12th grade Honor Students have supported Clackamas County’s only family shelter, the Annie Ross House, through their participation in direct mail appeals, advocacy for the organization, and assisting with the annual holiday party for the shelter.

Non-Profit Awardees

Clackamas County Children’s Commission Head Start has served low income children for more than 40 years, preparing children to enter school, improving health and safety, and increasing opportunities for success through a quality preschool education.

Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart volunteers work year-round with the community to brighten the holiday season by fundraising, sewing, and filling the stockings with personal necessities and age-appropriate gifts.

Award winners will be honored at a special event Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Prince of Life Lutheran Church, located at 13896 Meyers Road in Oregon City.

To see last year’s awardees, visit www.clackamas.us/socialservices/community.html. For more information on this year’s event, contact Valerie Skinner at 503-475-3847 or valerieski@clackamas.us.

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