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2016 Volunteer of the Year

We celebrated the twelth Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards on April 14, 2016. The event, a partnership with The Register-Guard, is the culmination of a year of encouraging and recognizing extraordinary volunteers in Lane County.

The Eugene Police Department Chaplain Team was chosen as 2016 Volunteer of the Year. The team, comprised of Brett Gilchrist, Steve Hill, and Rich Carroll, provide guidance, counseling, and comfort to department members, their families, and the citizens of Eugene.


More than 250 attendees honored twenty-four individuals and groups who volunteered throughout Lane County. Awards by category include:

Awards by category include:

Group/Team:  Chaplain Team, Eugene Police Dept.

Health and Well Being:  Cheris Kramarae, Cascade Health Solutions-Hospice

Education and Schools:  Naoko Manabe, First Place Family Center

Youth and Children Services:  Max Skorodinsky, Ophelia’s Place

Arts and Culture:  Dona Clarke, Willamette Jazz Society

Civic and Community:  Meghan McMahon, Eugene Active 20-30 Club

Youth Volunteer:  Alondra Duran, City of Eugene Teen Court

Senior Volunteer:  Stephen John, OR Judicial Dept. Citizen Review Board