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Community Impact Awards

Make a Community Impact Award nomination

Through our annual Community Impact Award program, we honor organizations and individuals that significantly help low-income residents and families meet their basic needs and improve their life circumstances. We are extremely fortunate as a county to have several businesses, nonprofits and individuals who perform such noble work.

Award categories

There are six Community Impact Award categories. These include:

Process/timeline

The award nomination process typically starts in March.

All nominees must meet certain requirements to be eligible. These include:

Awardees are alerted about their honor during early May of each year, which is followed later that month by an award dinner where all recipients are recognized.

Award history

Clackamas County operates many Advisory Boards and Commissions, or ABCs, which offer citizens the opportunity to become involved in specific activities and goals of their County. The Board of County Commissioners appoints hundreds of citizens to serve on these committees every year. We welcome you to learn more about all of our ABCs and be alerted of ABC openings by signing up for county email alerts (select "Volunteering" after entering your email). Updates about the awards and winners are also shared on the county’s Facebook and Twitter presences.

One ABC, the Community Action Board, advises the county Social Services Division on its Community Action Agency (CAA) programs for low-income persons. Board members advocate both locally and at the state level on issues related to low-income individuals and households. The Community Action Board sponsors the Community Impact Awards, manages nominations, and makes recommendations to County Commissioners about awardees.

Questions? Comments?

For more information on the Community Impact Award program, please contact Clackamas County Social Services' Valerie Skinner by email or at 503-650-5643.

2017 Community Impact Award winners

Distinguished Services Awardee

Aurora Transitional Shelter has served families experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County since 1990. They provide a safe rent free two bedroom basement apartment for a family with at least one minor child experiencing homelessness. The shelter enables the family to work on barriers and save money. The unit is fully furnished and the kitchen stocked with food. Families may shelter in the unit for six to twelve months while they receive case management services.
There is a small but mighty group of volunteers that support the family during the day providing transportation, hot prepared meals to a mom attending classes all day, raised money to provide a family with a car seat, and help moved a families belongings to their new homes. Best of all the volunteers show love and compassion. The volunteers raise funds for a match savings that can provide a family with up to $500 when they move out. Every family feels they were important and special because of the non-judgmental and trauma informed support the families receive from the volunteers.
There are many success stories but one that stands out is a family with a dad working two jobs, mom expecting her fifth child, and they were working through immigration issues. Along with the love and support provided to this family the shelter extended their stay until issues could be resolved. This family is now in permanent housing.

Distinguished Individual Awardee

Darlene Fritsche coordinates the Compassion in Action Clackamas County program that provides holiday gifts to those in need in Clackamas County. For twenty-five years the mission of the organization has been to serve those in need in Clackamas County at Christmas. Darlene coordinates businesses, providers, donors, and volunteers to provide holiday gifts for children whose families may not be able to provide Christmas. Each year three thousand, two hundred families receive holiday gifts.

Business Awardee

Mt Hood Roasters offered job development, and ongoing support to youth in the Clackamas County GREEN Corps Program. Rick and Jiyeon give so much of themselves to the community and have positively impacted many lives. Youth were given the opportunity to work at their café and receive business training and mentoring from a successful business. Youth earned barista certifications and were provided educational support and opportunities. Through this partnership these young individuals’ lives are forever impacted.

Nonprofit Awardee

Molalla Christian Church is a small church that does big work!
Bob and Joni Laver were part of the original team that researched the possibility of having a Warming Shelter in Molalla. Joni is the food volunteer coordinator and many of her team are from the Molalla Christian Church. The Church has continued to support the Warming Center and in 2016 became the sponsors, providing insurance coverage at the shelter site.

They serve low-income, disabled, and homeless individuals in the Molalla River School District. The church also provides:

Promising Startup

Bee Thinking partnered with Clackamas County Juvenile Department serving youth in the program. They donated equipment, provided community bee keeper training and assistance with bee hives used by youth in the program. Several youth were hired as employees to work at Bee Thinking.
Through their sponsorship Jill McKenna and Courtney Moss gave youth a chance at a successful future and participants understood they were important.

Distinguished Youth

Ethan Foreman has been an incredible leader, mentor, role model, and volunteer for three and a half years with the Clackamas County GREEN Corps program. Returning after he graduated from the program Ethan offered support to youth struggling to turn their lives around. He also volunteers for Fill A Stocking Fill A Heart and other programs. Ethan is a strong, productive, and engaged community member. He’s made solid connections with every youth he works with. He’s supportive, empathic, honest, kind and has so much integrity. Ethan has been a friend to those who have no other friends.

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