Balloons, cupcakes and storytelling marked the festivities as Multnomah County honored its most outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 18th, in the Multnomah Building Boardroom. The standing room crowd listened as over 50 volunteers had descriptions of their work read aloud prior to receiving their awards. Last fiscal year, volunteers contributed 138,000 volunteer hours to county programs and projects at a value of $3,567,904!
Among the awards, the CIC presented the Gladys McCoy Award, the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community presented the Hilltops Awards, and the Multnomah Youth Commission presented its Beegle Award. Meet the volunteers by looking at the ceremony program (bottom of the page) which contains short bios of all the award recipients.
Gladys McCoy Award:
A central part of the annual event is the presentation of the Gladys McCoy Award, presented to a person who has exemplified the life of late county chair Gladys McCoy, an advocate for human and civil rights, children and families, the environment and education. This year’s winner is Dr. Jill Ginsberg, who was selected for her extraordinary work co-founding the North by Northeast Community Health Center in Portland in 2006, which has provided free life-saving health services to thousands of uninsured adults with chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and asthma.
Dr. Ginsberg has assumed the dual role of volunteer Medical Director and provider in order to open and maintain the center. This has required her to build numerous partnerships with community members and medical organizations. The center’s tremendous success has come from its community responsiveness and high quality services. This includes actions ranging from creating an internship program for Jefferson High School students to ensuring all patient care is reviewed by physicians and timely follow-up appointments are provided. Additionally, Dr. Ginsberg created a regional program through Kaiser Permanente that provides primary care to uninsured adults with chronic health conditions. Beyond her medical work, she has served on multiple boards and commissions. To all her volunteer service, she brings compassion, love of people and a commitment to social and economic justice.
The 2012 Hilltop Award was presented by Multnomah County’s Commission on Children, Families & Community (CCFC). The Hilltop (Heroes Inspiring Leadership, Learning, Teamwork, Opportunity and Pride) Award was created in 2006 to honor individual and organizational efforts to address poverty in Multnomah County. This year’s Hilltop Award winners include Ty Schwoefferman, Israel Bayer and State Senator Chip Shields.
Jennifer Beegle Award:
The Beegle Award was established by the Multnomah Youth Commission in honor of Jennifer Beegle to highlight the positive impact youth volunteers have on their communities. Giovanni McKenzie is receiving this year’s award in recognition of his involvement with activities at Grant High School and several non-profits on issues, including LGBTQ issues.