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.
There are six Community Impact Award categories. These include:
- non-profit organizations
- promising start-ups
- distinguished service award
The award nomination process typically starts in March.
All nominees must meet certain requirements to be eligible. These include:
- Individual nominees must live in Clackamas County, or work for an organization located in and benefitting Clackamas County residents, and not be either a county employee nor serve on the Community Action Board (see below).
- Organizational nominees (businesses, nonprofits or other) must operate in some capacity within Clackamas County.
- Programs must serve low income county residents and have been operational for at least 12 months at the time of nomination. Exceptions: Nominees for both the Promising Startup Award and the Youth Award are not subject to the one year minimum of operation.
- For the Distinguished Services Award only, nominees must have provided at least five years of service to the community.
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.
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.
For more information on the Community Impact Award program, please contact Clackamas County Social Services' Valerie Skinner by email or at 503-650-5643.
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