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Event will recognize work for nonprofits

Five organizations will be recognized today for their work in the local nonprofit community.

Nonprofit Network Southwest Washington, a professional development organization for nonprofits, is holding an awards reception 5 to 7 p.m. at the Heathman Lodge, 7801 N.E. Greenwood Drive in Vancouver.

• Office Moms and Dads and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families won the collaboration award for their innovative partnership supporting children who’ve been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and are waiting to be placed in foster care.

• The board of directors of Battle Ground HealthCare in partnership with volunteers from DayCPM, a division of Otak, won the excellence in governance award for their “community-responsive plan to continue providing comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and vision services in an ever-changing, growing community,” Nonprofit Network said in a news release. DayCPM staff volunteer their time and expertise.

• Beaches Charity, under the leadership of Mark Matthias, has generated more than $2 million for charities over the years. It won the community support award. Matthias and his staff have focused on raising money for kids in need and made that part of Beaches’ business culture.

• Share’s Talkin Trash’ program earned the innovation award. Talkin’ Trash pays homeless or formerly homeless people to pick up trash around Vancouver. “The award recognizes Share’s creative approach to working on two critical community issues,” the news release said.

• The volunteer program award went to Friends of Hospice Southwest Washington, a volunteer organization that supports local hospices. “Their support makes a significant difference for both patients and their families at a pivotal point in their lives,” the news release said.


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