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Timbers Army, active citizens honored with state volunteer awards

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Members of the Portland Timbers Army will be honored in mid-October with a community award through the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Awards.Several Portland-area volunteers and groups will be honored next month with the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Awards.

Among volunteers who will receive their awards during an Oct. 12 luncheon in Salem are Lindsay Lermo of Clackamas, Jean D. Cauthorn of Portland, the Chicas Youth Development Program and Adelante Mujeres of Forest Grove, KPFF Consulting Engineers of Portland and the Oregon Community Foundation grant Evaluators of Portland.

Joan Harvey of Portland, a volunteer with Our House, will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Regional winners from the Portland area, including the MLS Portland Timbers, the Thorns FC and the Timbers Army, also will be honored during the luncheon.

The annual program honors volunteers across the state for their hard work and dedication to programs of all sizes. This year’s awards honor 18 people and 10 volunteer programs.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization of each winner’s choice. Awards were announced Tuesday, Sept. 15.

“Through their skilled labor and professional services, board service, or simply lending an ear and providing friendship, the honorees’ dedication to volunteerism has helped create stronger, more vibrant Oregon communities,” said Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis, who volunteers frequently.

The awards luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. S.E. The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased online by Oct. 5 at www.oregonvolunteers.org .

Local volunteers

Lermo was honored as a statewide adult volunteer with Impact NW. She has been a devoted and invaluable volunteer for Impact NW’s All Kids Are (AKA) Scientists program, volunteering more than 365 hours, all while taking public transportation between Clackamas and Portland locations.

Cauthorn was honored as a lifetime achievement volunteer for her work on the Citizen Review Board. Cauthorn has been an active volunteer of the board for the past 30 years. The board works with the state court system to review cases of children in foster care. She is among the longest serving board members in the program and one of the few actively involved volunteers who was there from the beginning.

The Chicas Youth Development Program, part of Adelante Mujeres in Forest Grove, was honored as a statewide youth volunteer project. Chicas is the first youth development program of its kind in Oregon. It helps empower Latina girls from third through 12th grade. The program works with more than 350 students from both the Forest Grove and Hillsboro school districts.

KPFF Consulting Engineers was honored as a large business volunteer program. KPFF has partnered with Architecture Foundation of Oregon for 14 years, contributing office space and working on the Architects in Schools program.

The Oregon Community Foundation grant evaluators were honored as the statewide community based volunteer program. The Oregon Community Foundation works with Oregonians who support causes by giving grants to nonprofits and scholarships to students. The foundation is supported by two teams of volunteer grant evaluators, nearly 100 people, who are the foundation’s eyes and ears around the state and who bring their assessment skills to foundation.

Regional award winners include:

• Briana Larios of Forest Grove, a youth volunteer with Adelante Mujeres

• Melissa Digregorio of Lake Oswego, an adult volunteer with Childrens Cancer Association

• Bill Griffith of Gresham, an elder volunteer and a long-term care ombudsman

Worth and Barbara Caldwell of Portland, elder volunteers with Meals on Wheels

• The Milwaukie Center Emergency Firewood Program, a community volunteer program

• The 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust (107ist)/Timbers Army in Portland, a community volunteer program

• The Portland Timbers and the Thorns FC Stand Together Community Platform in Portland, a small business volunteer program

• Waggener Edstrom Community Involvement in Lake Oswego, a large business volunteer program