ACCESS honors local 'heroes' for their relief efforts

ACCESS Inc. has honored several local organizations and a resident for their efforts to help provide food, shelter, warmth and other essential services to people who are facing economic challenges.

The following were recognized Thursday during a "Hometown Heroes" ceremony for their work, especially over the past year:

  • Wells Fargo, Lifetime Achievement Award. Local staff members volunteer monthly for ACCESS senior food repacks, and the bank is the title sponsor and major volunteer force for the annual Mayors United event, which raises funds to provide about 250,000 meals to feed the hungry each year.
  • Curt Shuler, Individual Award. Shuler has been the project manager of the Gold Hill Food Share Garden since 2009, increasing its size to 18,000 square feet. In addition, Shuler was the co-developer of the ACCESS Food Share Gardens Program, which helps provide support and infrastructure for six gardens across Jackson County. Over the past three years, the Gold Hill garden has produced more than 30,000 pounds of food annually for people served by the ACCESS Food Share program.
  • Southern Oregon Runners, Organization Award. For the past several years, the Southern Oregon Runners club has sponsored the "Turkey Trot" run on Thanksgiving Day. The family-friendly run that attracts more than 1,000 participants features a food drive benefiting ACCESS. This past year's event collected close to $8,300 and 657 pounds of food.
  • ALSCO Linen Division of Southern Oregon and Northern Calif. (American Linen Supply Co.), Business Award. ALSCO has been supporting ACCESS on a monthly basis for more than 12 years. The company's local leadership and employees chose ACCESS as one of its primary charities, along with supporting several other community causes.

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