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2020 Award Winners

Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Award

The Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Award recognizes and honors volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and made extraordinary contributions to a Community Action Agency.

After 24 years of military service, Ms. JoAnn Orr began volunteering with the Louisville Metro Community Action Agency, acting as both a Meals on Wheels volunteer and the Marketing/Fundraiser Director for the Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana, Inc. (SCAK). Additionally, she has been a member of Louisville Metro CAA’s Administering Board since 2010.

2020 has been an unprecedented year, for everyone, in so many ways. Yet, in the midst of its many challenges, Ms. Orr found continued to step up and serve. During March and April, when the COVID-9 pandemic was hitting seniors and the disabled particularly hard, Ms. Orr worked tirelessly to ensure that 83,500 meals were delivered to these and other vulnerable populations.

Thank you, Ms. Orr, for your continued service and dedication to your community. Congratulations Ms. JoAnn Orr, the 2020 winner of the Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Recognition Award.

Sargent Shriver Achievement Award

The Sargent Shriver Achievement Award recognizes and honors achievements by individuals, who the assistance of a Community Action Agency, have changed their lives and achieved economic stability.

Just over 10 years ago, Ms. Khayla Young came to East Missouri Action Agency for he1p. She had many issues in her life and was totally overwhelmed. Her journey started at the KOA campground in Perryville, MO, where she lived in a tent with her children. Khala worked at a nearby diner. At this time, she was receiving State assistance including Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance, cell phone, Medicaid and childcare assistance.

Khala did not know local assistance was available until referred by a friend to East Missouri Action Agency. Ms. Young then began working with the East Missouri Action Agency to create a better life for herself and her children. Since then, she has returned to school and opened her own award-winning business, Juste Moi Spa. Ms. Young currently serves on the EMAA Board of Directors.

Congratulations Ms. Khala Young, the 2020 winner of the Sargent Shriver Achievement Award.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Human Services Award

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Human Services Award is given to an individual who, in the view of the Association, has made a significant contribution to our society on behalf of the socially and economically disadvantaged.

Mr. Rob Goldsmith has worked diligently for decades for the betterment of his community through People Incorporated of Virginia. Rob has raised over $60 million in capital, for affordable housing development in rural distressed counties throughout Virginia.

He is the founder of People Incorporated Housing Group, a community Housing Development Organization that manages over 30 affordable housing properties totaling 1,031 unites including 669 designated Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Unites.

2020 Awards Ceremony

Watch the 2020 Virtual Annual Convention Awards Ceremony and Celebration which took place on Friday, August 27. 

2019 Awards Ceremony

On August 29, 2019 Annual Convention attendees gathered to honor colleagues and celebrate the successes of Community Action.