The City of Tacoma will honor some of its top volunteers at the 26th annual City of Destiny awards ceremony on May 8 at the Stadium High School auditorium.
A committee appointed by the City Council picks the award winners. Nominees must have volunteered their time and energy without financial compensation and within Tacoma’s city limits. Winners in the Leadership and Group categories are recognized for work within the past 12 months.
This year’s winners are:
Kyoung Mo Im (Adult Leadership): Just shy of 80 years old, Kyoung Mo Im volunteers in Catholic Community Services’ Foster Grandparent Program of Pierce and Thurston Counties, which sends volunteers to schools, childcare facilities, youth centers and juvenile detention centers to provide positive role models, mentors and friends to children.
Larry and Lynette Scheidt (Adult Sustained): The Scheidts have lived and volunteered on the Eastside for more than 40 years. Two of their recent projects involved transformation of McKinley and Rogers parks.
Amanda Webster (Youth Leadership): Webster is a member of Safe Streets’ Youth Leading Change. From the city’s announcement: “Members build leadership, public speaking, team building, goal setting and project management skills, as they tackle important societal issues.”
Megan Scheidt (Youth Service): Megan Scheidt has donated hundreds of hours to causes – “from helping to clean up the streets and parks on Tacoma’s Eastside, to singlehandedly launching a large-scale holiday toy drive benefiting more than 300 local families.”
Barangay Community Services of Tacoma (Neighborhood Group or Community Partnership): This group of Filipino-American volunteers “reach out to needy local residents of all ages, ethnicities and life situations by showing them how to access vital community resources, sharing aspects of Filipino-American culture with them and more.”
BECU (Corporation or Business): “For many years, BECU has been dedicated to improving lives through its community outreach.”
IBEW (Employee or Union Group): The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 483 covers more than “1,200 workers who handle everything from electric power generation and fiber optic communication to the delivery of fresh water and treatment of waste water.” Members volunteer “to work behind the scenes to make Tacoma a better place.”
Rob Girvin (Environmental Sustainability): “As a young Boy Scout, Rob Girvin and his friends found a rare grove of tamarack trees and each took home seeds found inside the small cones to plant in their yards. His tree was the only one to survive.” He is now working to restore the health of an urban forest in Garfield Park.
The 7 p.m. awards ceremony is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast on TV Tacoma, which is channel 12 or 21 depending on the cable system. It also can be viewed online at TV Tacoma’s website.