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|Friday, December 01, 2006|
It comes in the form of time, money, dedication, sweat and often personal sacrifice. Always, though, the giving comes from the heart. This year’s winners of the Oregon Philanthropy Awards, a partnership between Oregon Business and the Oregon chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, are an inspiring mix of young and old, leader and student, corporation and citizen. But they all share this: a willingness to commit, to provide hope or relief or some small measure of comfort to a world in need of much more of it.
Stories by Robin Doussard
YOUTH IN PHILANTHROPY
Know first that she is only 17. Then that this oldest of six children works weekends at her cousin’s restaurant, comes home each night after school to help with housework and siblings, and acts as full-time translator for her parents, a homemaker and a landscaper who brought their family to Oregon from Mexico. Remember all that to truly appreciate how remarkable this quiet Madison High School senior from Northeast Portland must be to find 400 hours a year to volunteer. As a freshman, all she did was study. “I felt bored, and that it was pointless,” says Nancy Serna. “Volunteering really fulfills me. I grew a lot. I became responsible. It made me capable of seeing other points of view.” Since she was a 15-year-old sophomore, she has devoted hundreds of hours volunteering for MEChA, a Hispanic student organization that organizes food and clothing drives for migrant workers and day laborers. She also mentors Latino youths at Gregory Heights Middle School as part of the Oregon Leadership Institute; works with her school’s chapter of the Community 101 program, which teaches students leadership, service and philanthropy; and helps Promotores de Salud, which focuses on solving health issues in the Hispanic community. “It makes me feel good, like I am helping in some way,” Nancy says. As she nears graduation, she hopes for a career in health care, perhaps as a dental hygienist. Her mother, Carmen, is her inspiration. “She has always been there for me,” says Nancy. As she describes what makes Nancy so very special, Carmen looks intently at her eldest and speaks at length to her in Spanish as they sit next to one another in their kitchen. Nancy listens, her mother’s words softly covering her. Nancy then turns to translate, condensing a mother’s boundless love and hope for her daughter into something a stranger could understand: “It is because I’m interested in education,” she says, simply, and there is no misunderstanding.
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