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2015 Volunteer of the Year

We celebrated the Eleventh annual Volunteer of the Year Awards luncheon on April 16, 2015. The event, a partnership with The Register-Guard, is the culmination of a year of encouraging and recognizing extraordinary volunteers in Lane County.  

Amy Newport was chosen as 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her volunteer efforts at Christmas for Kids of Lane County. Having started the non-profit when she was only 15 years old, Amy has worked tirelessly to bring the magic of Christmas to families in Lane County who need a little holiday cheer.  Christmas for Kids makes the holidays brighter for 1,400 children in 4 different counties. Amy Newport, put it best by saying, “there truly is nothing better than being the reason for someone’s smile.”


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

Awards by category include:

Great Rotary Duck Race “Flock”

Health and Well Being:
Betty Gullickson, Sacred Heart Hospice

Education and Schools: 
Amy Burbee, Pleasant Hill Booster Club

Youth and Children Services:
Amy Newport, Christmas for Kids of Lane County

Arts and Culture:
Miriam Alexis Jordan, Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA)

Civic and Community:
James Nelson, Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah

Youth Volunteer:
Gabriel Wihtol, Occupy Medical Clinic

Senior Volunteer:
Linda Korth, Looking Glass Youth & Family Services