Through its annual Community Impact Award program, Clackamas County recognizes organizations and individuals that significantly help low-income residents and families meet basic needs and improve their life circumstances. The county is very fortunate to have several businesses, nonprofits and individuals who perform such noble work.
There are currently six Community Impact Award categories. These include:
- Business Award: Presented to a business that actively improves the lives of low-income residents and families. Current Awardee: Dave’s Killer Bread
- Distinguished Individual Award: Presented to an individual who, through either personal volunteering or a role in an organization, assists low-income residents and families. Current Awardee: Camilo Sanchez
- Distinguished Services Award: Presented to either an individual or an organization that has greatly impacted the lives of low-income residents and families for at least five years. Current Awardee: Love INC
- Nonprofit Award: Presented to a nonprofit that actively improves the lives of low-income residents and families. Current Awardee: Gleaners of Clackamas County
- Promising Startup Award: Presented to a relatively new organization (business, nonprofit or other) that is, or shows tremendous potential for, helping low-income residents and families. Current Awardee: Molalla Warming Center
- Youth Award: Presented to a youth, groups of youths, or an organization that facilitates youths making a difference in the lives of low-income residents and families. Current Awardee: Gladstone Food Pantry Coalition
Many honorees and their work are showcased by videos produced by the award-winning Clackamas County Cable Division. Videos include:
Gleaners of Clackamas
The award nomination process typically starts in March. We will update this webpage when nominations are being accepted and link to an online nomination form.
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.
Overseeing Body & History of Awards:
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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