Last night, NeighborWorks America recognized eight resident leaders who have made significant contributions in communities across the country. Each of these volunteers has made a difference in the lives of many through their activism, community building and service to their neighbors. NeighborWorks America thanks these individuals for their steadfast commitment to strengthening their neighborhoods.
The 2010 Winners of the Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award are:
- Victor Aguilar, who organized youth graffiti offenders in his hometown of Oxnard, California, to clean up the neighborhood and paint murals
- Linda Allen Miller, who is a tireless advocate for her community, serving on a dozen local boards and committees to spur investment and development in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Jesse Clayton, who led a team of volunteers to reclaim a park that had turned into a drug hangout, and convert it to a skate park.
- Tammy Hoth, who refused to let the trailer park where she lives in Great Falls, Montana to be sold. She mobilized her neighbors to organize into a resident association, applied for grant funds to purchase the property, and today the former trailer park is about to be turned into Mountain Springs Villa, a beautiful subdivision, with Tammy as its president.
- Paul Lopez, who brought investment and business opportunities to the community where he grew up in Chicago, Illinois, including a multi-million dollar banking facility that also houses the first bilingual NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center.
- Marron, McCleod, who has managed the Cornhill Community Garden for more than 20 years, bringing increased opportunities in education, innovation, restoration, feeding the hungry, green lifestyle and youth engagement to his community of Utica, NY.
- Emily MacRae, the quintessential consensus builder whose leadership on the board of directors of Twin Cities CDC in Fitchburg, MA helped forge partnerships among elected officials, business leaders and community residents.
- Dave Pottinger, who has devoted untold time and talent to revitalizing Goshen, IN, focusing not only on bricks and mortar, but on the people who live and work in his buildings.
This year’s honorees exemplify the commitment to community service and to helping others that is championed by NeighborWorks America and its national network. Congratulations to each of them for winning the 2010 Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award!