To celebrate Community Action Month, Community Action Partnership (CAP) in Montgomery County presented the Third Annual “Helping People. Changing Lives.” Awards at Bainbridge Hall. The awards are presented to individuals and organizations that consistently demonstrate their commitment to helping others achieve greater self-sufficiency.
“These awards allow us to recognize individuals and organizations that are doing great work in our community,” said Tim Donnellan, President and CEO of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. “We are pleased to recognize public and private sector partners and a local youth who are doing so much to help those in need in our community.”
Donnellan presented the Community Partner Awards to the following:
- Public Sector Partner: The Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission, for dedicated service to veterans in Montgomery County and support of Community Action Partnership’s Ohio V.E.T.S. program. The commission’s services include emergency financial assistance, assistance with VA benefits, transportation services, outreach programs, employment assistance and money management classes.
- Private Sector Partner: Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio for its outstanding support to Community Action Partnership for many years. Vectren has funded Project TEEM I and II, which have allowed CAP to weatherize a greater number of homes in its service area. In addition, Vectren’s “Share the Warmth” program allows its employees and others to donate to expand weatherization services to low-income Ohioans.
- Youth in Service Award: Alanna Wall, for the “Polished Girlz” program that she started at age 10 to provide nail polishing and smiles to hospitalized children. The program has received local and national media attention and has chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Now 13, Alanna attends Stivers School for the Arts.
Vice President & COO Joyce E. Price, CCAP presented the “Helping People. Changing Lives.” Awards to the unsung heroes and sheroes of the community who daily provide outstanding customer service to low-income individuals and families in the community.
“This award goes to those individuals who are passionate about what they do and view their jobs not simply as a vocation but an avocation,” said Price.
The award winners were:
- Shelby Borchers, Montgomery County Job and Family Services and the Artemis Center;
- Darren Byrd, The Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence (CIRGV);
- Lauren Dreshman, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE);
- Alan Poplinski, the Dayton Area Earned Income/Child Tax Credit (EITC/CTC) Coalition;
- Sue Renner-Langenhorst, Samaritan Homeless Clinic.
CAP employees Donna Hall and Erica Jordan were presented the agency’s Extra Mile Award for their outstanding customer service in the agency’s Micro-Enterprise, Computer Learning and Utility Assistance programs. An original poem was read by Jacqueline A. Robinson, Case Management Coordinator/Planner for CAP.