2018 award winners

AEA gives awards of recognition for Eastside human services!

The Alliance of Eastside Agencies gives individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and vision in human services the recognition he/she/they ought to have. Award winners are nominated annually by AEA members.

The 2018 awards were presented on June 5th at the annual AEA Awards Luncheon held at Daniel's Broiler in Bellevue. Co-chairs Helen Banks Routon and Rochelle Clayton-Strunk presented the awards. Keynote speaker, Scott W. Allard, Daniel J. Evans Endowed Professor of Social Policy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, spoke about the conventional thinking about place and poverty, shifting trends toward suburbanization of poverty and its implications for the local safety net, and ways to address these changes.

Keynote speaker Scott W. Allard, University of Washington

2018 Award Winners

To view a video about each award winner below, simply click on the video button [ ] beside the name.

• Volunteer of the Year: Craig Staats, Hopelink

Mathew Campbell of Hopelink accepts the award on behalf of Craig.

As a volunteer with Hopelink's Harvest Program, Craig helps harvest fresh produce, and inspires others by preparing meals at the food bank. (Craig's award was accepted by Mathew Campbell of Hopelink.)

• Not-For-Profit Staff Member: Kira Avery, Sno-Valley Senior Center

Kira Avery (right) receives her award.

Kira has found innovative ways to help her organization thrive with new programs and events, and involving community partners.

• Business: Brown & Sterling

Brown & Sterling receives the Business Award

Nominated by Encompass, the law firm of Brown & Sterling has shown a huge heart for the mission through serving on the board, and providing free legal services.

• Youth Volunteer: Justin Dorgan, Eastside Baby Corner

Justin Dorgan (center) accepts his award.

Since 2015, Justin has volunteered each week at EBC, sharing his love of biking by learning to refurbish bikes, strollers, trailers and other goods for kids.

• Elected Official: Rep. Joan McBride, 48th Dist.

Rep. Joan McBride accepts her award.

Rep. McBride served on the Kirkland City Council and as Mayor before being elected to the Washington state house. AEA saluted this year's winner as she retires from public service.

• Faith Organization: St. Luke's Lutheran Church

Representatives of St. Luke's accept their award.

St. Luke's supports local organizations such as Imagine Housing and The Sophia Way, providing a shelter and Day Center for women experiencing homelessness, and sharing their site with a new supportive housing development.

Award Categories:

Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes the important value volunteers bring to the human services sector in advocacy, service delivery or community organizing. Recipient is recognized with a $75 restaurant gift card.
Business of the Year: Recognizes the charitable actions that the business community brings to the human services sector through engaging its employees to "give back." Recipient is recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochure for one year.
Youth Volunteer: Recognizes the contributions of time and talent of young people to the human services sector and supports their philanthropic development. Recipient is awarded $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund.
Not-for-Profit Staff: Recognizes an outstanding staff person who tirelessly supports the mission of helping others and consistently exemplifies commitment, ethics and competency. Recipient awarded $100 for education/training through the Phil Noble scholarship fund.
Faith Organization: Recognizes the important partnership between the faith community and the human services sector by honoring an exceptional faith group which has taken action and done an outstanding community service to help those in need in our eastside community. Recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochures for one year.
Elected Official: Recognizes an elected official who has been a bold "catalyst for change" to better the understanding of, and support for, human services. Recipient recognized on the AEA website, newsletters and brochures for one year.

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