Social worker to receive Dee Lewitz Community Commitment Award on March 2

At the weekly business meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, March 2, District Attorney John Foote will present Rowe Middle School Social Worker Evan King with the 2016 Dee Lewitz Community Commitment Award.

The award recognizes a community member who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained commitment to making the county stronger and safer by improving quality of life.

King was selected for her critical roles at the school involving:

  • The Rowe Community Collaboration group, which brings individuals, nonprofits, communities of faith, service clubs, and other government partners together to work collaboratively to improve the well-being of school students and families. Partners in this effort include the Oregon Food Bank, Central City Concern, Milwaukie Ledding Library, GracePointe Church, Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Northwest Family Services, Chartwells, Clackamas Service Center, Clackamas and Milwaukie Rotary Clubs, and various county departments.
  • The Rowe Food for Success program, which provides food for at-risk kids that supports learning and making the school a safer environment in three ways:
    • An afternoon snack program that serves 600 kids every school day,
    • The establishment of a “share table,” on which kids can leave unneeded food for others in need, and
    • A meal account for those kids who have no available funds for lunch.
  • Parental involvement efforts, involving Madres de Corazon (school support group bringing together Spanish and English-speaking communities) and the Parent Teacher Association, to meet the needs of at-risk kids and families. 
  • Connecting at-risk kids and families to mental health resources.
  • The Attendance Court program, which seeks to help kids and families improve school attendance, be successful academically, and stay on track to graduate.

This biennial award was given for the first time in 2015 to Dee Lewitz for her efforts as part of the Overland Park Coalition against Drug Crime. Ms. Lewitz died shortly thereafter. 

The weekly business meeting is held in the Board Hearing Room, fourth floor, 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. The meeting starts at 10 a.m., and the presentation is the first item on the agenda. 

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Bob Willson in the District Attorney’s Office at 503-650-3011.