We are so thrilled to learn that Evan King, an agent in our Moreland-Sellwood office, has been awarded the 2016 Dee Lewitz Award from District Attorney John Foote at a recent meeting of the Clackamas County Commissioners! The biennial award recognizes a community member who has demonstrated outstanding and sustained commitment to making the county stronger and safer by improving quality of life.
Evan is a social worker at Rowe Middle School in Milwaukie. This all started from helping a young boy who had been frequently coming to Evan and eating snacks. Evan soon learned that the boy had lacked food at home and had been taking snacks for himself and his younger sister. Evan also found that several children were suffering from food shortage and created an after school program that encourages unneeded food to be left on a “share table”.
Her other critical roles at the school involve:
- The Rowe Community Collaboration group, which brings individuals, nonprofits, communities of faith, service clubs, and other government partners together to work collaboratively to improve the well-being of school students and families. Partners in this effort include the Oregon Food Bank, Central City Concern, Milwaukie Ledding Library, GracePointe Church, Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Northwest Family Services, Chartwells, Clackamas Service Center, Clackamas and Milwaukie Rotary Clubs, and various county departments.
- The Rowe Food for Success program, which provides food for at-risk kids that supports learning and making the school a safer environment in three ways:
— An afternoon snack program that serves 600 kids every school day,
— The establishment of a “share table,” on which kids can leave unneeded food for others in need, and
— A meal account for those kids who have no available funds for lunch.
- Parental involvement efforts, involving Madres de Corazon (school support group bringing together Spanish and English-speaking communities) and the Parent Teacher Association, to meet the needs of at-risk kids and families.
- Connecting at-risk kids and families to mental health resources.
- The Attendance Court program, which seeks to help kids and families improve school attendance, be successful academically, and stay on track to graduate.