2012 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Posted on October 9, 2012. Filed under: Good Ideas Stick, Tips for HandsOn Partners, Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: , , , |

The 2012 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards on Friday, Nov. 9 will honor 14 individuals and 12 organizations from throughout the state for their commitment to serving Oregon and its people. The annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards honor ordinary Oregonians who do extraordinary things and also inspire and motivate future volunteerism. Nominations were received from all over the state and were carefully evaluated by appointed review committees. Winners will receive cash grants from Wells Fargo to give to their favorite nonprofit group.

2012 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Registration
Statewide Winners
Regional Winners
Nominees
Sponsors

The 2012 Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Awards on Friday, Nov. 9 will honor 14 individuals and 12 organizations from throughout the state for their commitment to serving Oregon and its people.

“Oregon is made richer by the contributions of our talented and compassionate citizens,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber. “These award winners represent the best of the state—people who give their time, energy, and resources to lifting up others and making Oregon a better place to live.”

The annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards honor ordinary Oregonians who do extraordinary things and also inspire and motivate future volunteerism. Nominations were received from all over the state and were carefully evaluated by appointed review committees. Winners will receive cash grants from Wells Fargo to give to their favorite nonprofit group.

View the press release.

Registration

The luncheon at the Salem Conference Center will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (seating at 11 a.m., ceremony at 12 p.m.) and is open to the public. Admission is $30 per person. Registration is required.

Register via our online form: https://www.foundation.pdx.edu/2012gva/. Please direct all registration questions to Julia Davidson at (503) 725-5998 or gva@oregonvolunteers.org.

Statewide Winners

Clyde Mullin – Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award
Oregon State Library & Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels
Keizer
Born in 1917, volunteering has been a truly lifelong commitment for Keizer’s Clyde Mullin. After volunteering for military service during WWII, Clyde and his wife were very active in Portland’s Creston Grade School PTA, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Boy Scouts, and the Mazamas. Over the past 21 years, Clyde has given 8,373 hours to repairing and maintaining Talking Book cassette players for the Oregon State Library’s Talking Book and Braille Services. Since 1994, he has delivered approximately 30,000 meals to seniors and disabled adults while volunteering for the Salem-Keizer Meals on Wheels. His lifetime of service and generosity has created a significant improvement in quality of life for innumerable individuals across Oregon and beyond. In a newspaper interview last year Clyde said, “I just keep going and I enjoy life… I feel like I’m helping somebody.”

Sean Bowden – Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award
Mercy Medical Center Youth Volunteer Program
Roseburg
Many have described teen volunteer Sean Bowden as a natural leader. Not only has he taken leadership roles within the Mercy Medical Center Youth Volunteer Program he also helped found Roseburg High School’s drug prevention team. Sean volunteers weekly in Mercy Medical Center’s Emergency Department and has donated 323 hours since starting in late 2010. He trains new student volunteers in the Emergency Department, conducts outreach to other high schools to promote and strengthen the volunteer program, has chaired several fundraisers to help support the hospital’s health-themed day camp, and has delivered presentations about Mercy’s youth volunteer program at conferences around the country. Sean has made such incredible contributions to his community all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA.

Jeff Klein – Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award
KIDS Center
Bend
Over the past 20 years Jeff Klein has given over 5,000 hours to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young adults. He has shared his time, energy, and resources through service on the boards of KIDS Center and St. Charles Medical Center Foundation in Bend, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. In addition to board service, he has volunteered for the United Way, Miller Elementary in Bend, and as a coach for a variety of youth sports. Jeff currently serves as the Board Chair of KIDS Center, a regional child abuse intervention center, where he has not only increased fundraising success and improved board development but has expanded awareness of child abuse prevention training. As a result, over 40 families have attended training and, as research indicates, over 4,000 children are better protected. Jeff’s enthusiasm for volunteering has been described as contagious and motivating and inspires a passion for volunteerism and philanthropy in his community.

Shirley Carpenter – Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award
Family Relief Nursery – Volunteers of America Oregon
Portland
In alignment with her personal mission, “to touch someone’s life,” Portland resident Shirley Carpenter has spent the past 40 years diligently working to improve Oregon communities through volunteer service. Helping serve free meals weekly with Potluck in the Park, delivering countless meals through Meals on Wheels, and helping children be successful students through her hundreds of hours of PTA work are just a few of her many contributions. Currently, Shirley is a volunteer for the Family Relief Nursery, Habitat for Humanity, and the Franklin High School PTA. At the Family Relief Nursery, she has volunteered over 1,800 hours helping vulnerable preschool children thrive through care, encouragement, and education. As a weekly volunteer builder for Habitat for Humanity she has given almost 200 hours in the past year alone. Shirley is a passionate advocate and recruiter for the organizations she volunteers with—friends, family, and neighbors are often so inspired by her enthusiasm that many become volunteers themselves.

Tualatin High School – Life Skills Class – Outstanding Youth Volunteer Program Award
Tualatin
The Tualatin High School Life Skills Class provides opportunities for students with disabilities to contribute to their community while learning basic life skills. In partnership with the City of Tualatin, some of the program’s activities include making markers for new native tree plantings, matching and sorting laundered gloves from previous plantings, and getting their hands dirty with at least one tree planting per year. The teenage volunteers have increased their civic engagement by helping to beautify their community and create healthy habitats for animals and birds. The Tualatin High School Life Skills Class has helped demonstrate to all students that anyone can contribute, regardless of ability.

Sherman County Emergency Services – Outstanding Volunteer Program Award
Moro
Sherman County Emergency Services volunteers drop everything at the sound of the pager. Family dinners, holiday events, and birthdays are often missed due to their duty to respond and help those in need. In a small, rural area stricken with wildfires and traffic collisions on one of America’s most dangerous highways, the Fire and Emergency Medical volunteers go above and beyond to provide critical services. In addition to protecting and strengthening their own community, they provide aid to the many travelers on the busy highways which pass through the county. Without the Sherman County Emergency Services volunteers there would be no emergency services available to community members or those who recreate there. Their altruistic dedication to extensive, continued training and dropping everything for an emergency has enabled the Sherman County Emergency Services to save countless lives.

Oregon FIRST Robotics – Outstanding Statewide Volunteer Program Award
Statewide
Oregon FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has an ambitious mission: to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. Volunteer mentors in the program build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster life-long skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST relies on thousands of industry volunteers to mentor and coach 6-18 year olds through the incredible task of designing, building, and programming robots for competitions. These volunteers not only help young people build STEM skills, they also mentor, guide, encourage, and inspire hope and a bright future. FIRST has reached over 5,000 students across the state, including students in the Portland metro area, Brookings, Klamath Falls, Monroe, Baker City, Umatilla, Seaside, and Vernonia. Umatilla School District Superintendent Heidi Sipe reported that after three months on the robotics team, students affiliated with gangs no longer had Facebook postings with gang symbols or references to drugs, but instead had postings about robots. Sipe described Oregon FIRST Robotics as, “Robotics, changing lives!”

Freelin-Wade – Outstanding Business Volunteer Program Award
McMinnville
In 2011, Freelin-Wade, a plastic tubing manufacturer based in McMinnville, formed a steering committee to expand employee volunteerism and community support from dollars raised to employees engaged. In order to make the greatest impact, each year, the committee, nicknamed “Force,” selects one local nonprofit on which to focus all of the company’s volunteerism, fundraising, and community-building efforts. One of the most popular events is community-wide barbecues, with “camaraderie and expanded consciousness served as sides.” All proceeds from these events go to the current nonprofit partner. Force’s goal of 100 percent employee engagement was reached in its first year and employee engagement was already at 93 percent by mid-August 2012.

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