Awardees Include Teenager and Police Officer
CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Oct 23, 2014) - This week community leaders from around the country are being honored at the annual Community Leadership Institute, sponsored by NeighborWorks America. The Community Leadership Institute strengthens the skills of community leaders.
NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, supports a network of more than 240 nonprofits, located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Participants from around the country attend the Community Leadership Institute as part of teams of up to eight people from areas served by NeighborWorks organizations.
Also at the institute, NeighborWorks America recognizes the Dorothy Richardson Resident Leadership Award honorees. This year's awards honor eight leaders from around the country for outstanding contributions to their communities. The award is named for a Pittsburgh-based pioneer in the community-development movement who was the leading force behind the creation of the agency that eventually became NeighborWorks America.
"This year's honorees share a positive, resilient and proactive spirit," said Chuck Wehrwein, acting chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. "They are problem-solvers who created new opportunities that strengthened their communities."
The eight honorees represent all regions of the country. Among their stories:
About NeighborWorks America
For 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.