City seeks nominations for volunteer awards

Do you know someone who’s made Salem a better place to live this year?

The city of Salem wants your nominations for nine city volunteers honors that will be awarded later this year. They recognize people, groups and businesses that have made a difference in Salem in 2022.

Awards include the Al Loucks Business-Government Partnership Award, which recognizes a business making a major contribution to a city program or project; the Dorothy Patch Community and Educational Achievement Award, which recognizes volunteer efforts by students, teachers or schools; the Outstanding Neighbor Award, which honors neighbors or a neighborhood group for a local project; and the Salem Spirit Award, recognizing ” those individuals or groups that are constantly promoting Salem and are frequently behind efforts to improve the city.”

Residents can nominate up to three people or groups for awards using this city form. Nominations are due August 26.

Awardees for 2021 included David Newman, a retired school bus driver who’s personally picked up nine tons of trash on city streets, and the Minto-Brown Island Park Patrol for their efforts assisting park visitors and reporting unsafe conditions to the city.

Contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.

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Rachel Alexander is Salem Reporter’s managing editor. She joined Salem Reporter when it was founded in 2018 and covers city news, education, nonprofits and a little bit of everything else. She’s been a journalist in Oregon and Washington for a decade. Outside of work, she’s a skater and board member with Salem’s Cherry City Roller Derby and can often be found with her nose buried in a book.