Community service shines at State of the County 2012
Guests help stock local food banks, “Spirit” awards honor volunteers
Washougal, WA – Hundreds of people turned out for the annual State of the County event Thursday, bringing loads of food and other donations to help neighbors in a county with exceptionally high unemployment.
“I believe we do have the wisdom in our county to bring us out of these tough times and be better in the end,” said Marc Boldt, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.
In his address, Boldt discussed ways in which the county can help foster a positive business climate. He expressed his personal support for public schools and encouraged others to back school funding measures.
“We have great capacity among those working. Just as important is our reserve of people currently unemployed and eager to work,” he said. “Believe me, new employers will come to an area where their employees are satisfied with the schools.”
Earlier in the program, Boldt joined commissioners Steve Stuart and Tom Mielke in applauding the many volunteers who help shape and provide public services. They presented Spirit of Clark County Awards to:
Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, which opened in 2011 at 1305 Columbia St., Vancouver. Staffed by more than 40 volunteers, it helps veterans with numerous challenges in returning home after military service. Areas of interest include food, jobs, health care, housing, family relationships and veterans benefits.
12th Annual “Klineline Kids Fishing” Day, when hundreds of volunteers helped 1,500 youth ages 5 to 14 learn about natural resources in the company of parents and guardians.
Joan Caley of Vancouver, a community health nurse specialist who has served on the county’s Public Health Advisory Council since 2003. Her work has focused on water quality, immunizations, disease prevention and control and planning for healthy communities. She also has been active fighting hunger and homelessness.
The State of the County event can be seen on CVTV channels 21 and 23 at the following times:
• Feb. 3: 5 p.m., Ch. 23
• Feb. 3: 6:30 p.m., Ch. 21
• Feb. 4: 7 p.m., Ch. 21
• Feb. 5: 12:30 p.m., Ch. 21
• Feb. 5: 3 p.m., Ch. 23
• Feb. 6: 12:30 p.m., Ch. 21
Additional air times can be found at www.cvtv.org.
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