Community awards

Forsyth County nonprofits, individuals honored.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. [06.17.04] — Five Forsyth County nonprofits were honored for their operations and impact at the 2004 annual luncheon of the Winston-Salem Foundation, which also presented five awards honoring individuals who have helped build “social capital,” or trust in the community.

Family Services received the $25,000 Sara Lee Branded Apparel Excellence Award, which recognizes quality in operations and impact on the community and is designed to help nonprofits strengthen their internal operations.

The agency was cited for “outcomes culture” that includes formal program assessments to review goals, resources and result measurements it uses to improve or eliminate programs.

Receiving $5,000 each as runners up for the excellence award, were the Young Women’s Christian Association of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County; Children’s Center for the Physically Disabled; Girl Scouts, Tarheel Triad Council; and Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.

At the luncheon, the foundation also presented five ECHO (Everyone Can Help Out) awards honoring individuals who have worked to build civic connections.

Award winners, each receiving $1,000, as individuals or as a group, to be donated to charities of their choice, include:

* Liz Clayton, who is involved with CHANGE, Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods and the Hispanic International Action Association, and helped spearhead the Yard-of-the-Week program for the Waughtown Neighborhood Association.

* John Gates, who is retiring from the Winston-Salem Journal and has written editorials to raise awareness about social capital.

* Carlton Eversley, Jane Ferguson, Khalid Griggs, Larry Little, Richard McGarth, John Mendez, Mark Rabil, Ben Sendor and Adam Stein, volunteers known as the Daryl Hunt Defense Committee.

* Rob Stephens, who convened five local high schools for the Forsyth County Student Coalition to raise awareness of AIDS among high school and college students, and organized high school students to co-sponsor a conference at Wake Forest University about AIDS in Africa.

* Mattie Young, who is president of Cleveland Avenue Homes Association and runs an annual school-supply drive for students who cannot afford to buy supplies on their own.

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