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Trail Blazers Heart of the Community Awards Award Recipients

Each year, The Portland Trail Blazers and Hands On Greater Portland host the Heart of the Community Awards, honoring exemplary volunteers who have made significant contributions through service. Presented at a lunchtime ceremony in February, the awards promote volunteerism in the community and call attention to local individuals and organizations that model outstanding volunteer leadership. Award winners are chosen in six categories, including Heart of the Community Award, Individual Volunteer Award, Youth Leadership Award, Volunteer Innovation Award, Hands On Volunteer Award, and the Corporate Volunteer Award.

All proceeds from the event benefit Hands On Greater Portland, Portlandís volunteer center dedicated to matching individuals of all ages with nonprofit organizations throughout the Portland area. Hands On Greater Portland is the community partner of www.iamatrailblazersfan.com, where Trail Blazers fans can find opportunities to help make it better by volunteering in our community.

Heart of the Community Award Recipient, Jeff Cogen
Social responsibility is a guiding ethic in Jeff Cogen's personal and professional life. His passion for public service and commitment to a better tomorrow are evident in the work he has done as a volunteer, as communications director for the Multnomah Commission on Children and Families, as chief of staff to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, and in his current role as a Multnomah County Commissioner. Jeff has touched the lives of everyone in our community. Whether through his support, participation and leadership with Hands On Greater Portland, his successful initiative that led to the establishment of a new library in north Portland's Kenton neighborhood, or his enthusiastic support of green practices in our community, Jeff's vision and hands-on leadership will benefit the residents of Multnomah County for generations to come.

Corporate Volunteer Award, Standard Insurance

In 1906, when Leo Samuel founded the company that would become The Standard, he began a tradition of philanthropy to build lasting relationships with our communities. Today that commitment is as strong ever, nurtured over the years by the people of The Standard. The Standard encourages employees to be active partners and good citizens by providing company-paid time off to volunteer. The Standard Employee Volunteer Program primarily serves as a tool for employees to connect with community organizations and to identify volunteer opportunities available where they live and work. Through the program, employees are able to participate in monthly company-organized volunteer activities and to volunteer with organizations on their own time. The Standard helps employees connect with organizations that can best use their talents, enthusiasm and passion.

Individual Volunteer Award Recipient, Allison Newman Woods

A champion motivator, Alison Newman Woods builds up the Parkrose School District by investing her time as a volunteer. While holding five leadership roles within the district, she also finds time to work with the Parkrose Educational Foundation, helping to raise more than $30,000 to support Parkrose students and staff. Alison is also responsible for helping to establish the NW Blue Crush Aquatics Club, a program to help Parkrose students develop swimming and water polo skills. A beacon in her community, Alison continues to motivate, energize and unite students, parents and community members to be champions of change.

Volunteer Innovation Award Recipient, Children's Book Bank
The Children's Book Bank (CBB) collects, repairs, and packages used books to them free of charge to the low income, educationally at risk young children. Mobilizing more than1,000 volunteers, CBB is run through effective management and community partnerships. Volunteers serve a vital role in supporting CBB's mission. CBB volunteers have delivered more than 41,500 books to more than 2,500 children in the community. The CBB receives the Volunteer Innovation Award for empowering families to read, preparing children for school, and employing an innovative method for volunteers to distribute books.


 

Nathan Sibell Youth Leadership Award Recipient, Franklin Phan

As the captain of his school's water polo team, a lifeguard and a hospital volunteer, Franklin Phan leads by example. "Helping people is why we're all here," Franklin said as he finds time not only for his school interest and for his community. Each day, after water polo practice, he immediately heads to the local hospital to volunteer. His kindness and humble nature inspire respect and admiration from staff and patients alike. With his dedication and commitment to volunteerism and his ability to put the needs of others ahead of his own, Franklin is a perfect example of "being the change."



Hands On Greater Portland Volunteer Award Recipients, Kaylen Miller and Andrew Barrango
Mother and son volunteer duo, Kaylen Miller and Andrew Barrango give their time and talent volunteering with Hands On Greater Portland projects. Volunteering was a wonderful way for Kaylen, a single mom, to connect with her son Andrew.† As a volunteer lead, Kaylen provides direction on projects and guidance to the dozens of volunteers on her team. During those projects, Andrew provides support for his mother, lending a hand by finding new tasks to be completed, or sharing a kind word with those on site. Together, they have helped hundreds of people volunteer and meet critical community needs.