Certificates, cupcakes & storytelling were some of the ways Multnomah County honored its most outstanding volunteers at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April14th in the Multnomah Building's Boardroom. The standing room crowd listened as over 70 volunteers had descriptions of their work read aloud prior to receiving their awards. Last fiscal year, volunteers contributed 138,676 volunteer hours to county programs and projects at a value of more than $3.4 million!
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. Please take a look at the program for the Volunteer Awards Ceremony (at the bottom of the page) which contains short bios of all the award recipients.
Gladys McCoy Award:
A central part of the annual event was 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 BJ Cavnor, who volunteers as a public policy coordinator with the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
Mr. Cavnor was selected for his extraordinary advocacy and work to improve the health and equity of people living with HIV/AIDS at the local, state, and national levels for nearly 25 years. He has conducted considerable public education around HIV/AIDS, worked to ensure that those without financial resources can still receive needed medications, and persuaded CAP to join coalitions supporting HIV/AIDS issues. Additionally, Mr. Cavnor works with numerous committees and groups focused on health issues at the state level, including the Oregon Health Allies Steering Committee.
The 2011 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:
- Hillsdale Farmer’s Market received the Agency Achievement Award for its volunteer work and food contributions to support anti-hunger programs in Southwest Portland.
- Aaron Douglas, a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, received the Individual Achievement Award for outstanding volunteerism with his mentor youth as well as his community advocacy efforts on behalf of the agency.
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. Chance Starr is receiving this year’s award in recognition of her vigorous community leadership and generosity. Despite being confronted by many obstacles Chance is flourishing academically, volunteers with the Native American Youth & Family Center and the Panera Cares Community Café, and participates in many Native American cultural activities.