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From: Scott Anderson, Community Relations Specialist, (503) 655-8752

05-14-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

2015 Community Impact Award winners announced

Clackamas County is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Community Impact Awards.

The awards recognize organizations, businesses and individuals that are making a significant contribution to the Clackamas County community by working to help those who struggle to meet basic needs and improve their life circumstances. The Community Action Board, comprised of citizens appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, and which advocates on issues related to people and households with low-incomes, sponsors these awards.

Award winners will be honored at a special event at 6 p.m. on May 20 at the Prince of Life Lutheran Church at 13896 Meyers Road in Oregon City.

The complete list of winners is:

Distinguished Services Awardee

Love INC services are provided to any low-income person in Clackamas County regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background. Love INC helps churches help people by coordinating a number of ministries and volunteer-staffed activities. Love INC also assists in facilitating needed items and services, including: furniture, household items, bedding and blankets, bicycles, baby items, firewood, non-food pantries, field projects (such as building of wheelchair ramps), job search coaching, classes and workshops, and prayer support.

Distinguished Individual Awardee

Camilo Sanchez has taught and coordinated Clackamas Community College's Spanish GED program for the past 12 years. He also coordinates the college's annual Festival Latino which brings a variety of community resources to the Latino community. Sanchez is a member of the Hispanic Interagency Networking (HINT) steering committee. He also volunteers with Bridging Cultures/Canby Department of Human Services Outreach partnership committee, the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Planning Committee. Sanchez works closely with Oregon Law Center/Immigration and Counseling Services and attends the North Clackamas Social Needs Roundtable.

Business Awardee

Dave's Killer Bread provides jobs for people that are hard to place, helping individuals convicted of crime and victims of crime to rebuild their lives. The business donates bread to the Clackamas County Food Bank and many food pantries and congregate meal sites. Dave Dahl ministers to Clackamas County felons that are unable to find work elsewhere. The company's Youth Justice Education Project works to raise the voice of young people in the Portland metropolitan area by focusing on issues related both to the safety of youth and the damaging effect of placing children accused of crime in the adult criminal justice system.

Promising Startup Awardee

Molalla Warming Center serves homeless men, women and families in the Molalla area utilizing a community based approach. The population served includes a number of people with disabilities who have been homeless for years and camp in remote areas. The warming center provides a safe, warm and dry sleeping environment for up to 25 individuals on winter nights when temperatures are at or below freezing. Warm hospitality, hot drinks and a hot meal are also provided by a network of volunteers at a local church. With strong leadership from an interdenominational faith community partnership, a variety of groups – elected officials, law enforcement, area schools, fire and other first responders and a large cadre of local volunteers – have become more sensitive and aware of the complexity and humanity of homelessness in their community. Molalla Warming Center served its first guests on Dec. 7, 2013.

Youth Awardee

The Gladstone Food Pantry Coalition serves as a way for high school students with developmental delay or disabilities to manage and implement a weekly backpack food program. This program provides food for hungry families each week, food shopping skills and support, life skills for disadvantaged high school students, and awareness of poverty on learning, health and life skills.

Nonprofit Awardee

Gleaners of Clackamas County is an all-volunteer organization that serves low-income families, the elderly and disabled individuals throughout Clackamas County. They provide emergency food boxes each week to the public. Members receive food, sharing it with an adoptee that is either disabled or over age 65. Free clothing, household items, Easter baskets and Christmas toys are provided during the year.

For more information on this year's Community Impact Awards, members of the media or public may contact Administrative Assistant Valerie Skinner at ValerieSki@clackamas.us or (503) 650-5643.

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