2024 Marcus Lampros Volunteer Award Winners | Meals on Wheels People

2024 Marcus Lampros Volunteer Award Winners

Meet four extraordinary volunteers celebrated during National Volunteer Week for their unwavering commitment and exceptional service to Meals on Wheels People.

As we wrap up an inspiring National Volunteer Month, we are filled with gratitude and joy. Every day, over 200 volunteers show up to help us deliver nutritious meals, compassion, and care to older adults in our community! The commitment shown by our incredible volunteers is absolutely inspiring.

This year’s celebration was especially meaningful as we honored four exceptional individuals with the 2024 Marcus Lampros Volunteer Awards. The awards, inspired by volunteer and board member Marcus Lampros’ tireless dedication and compassion, recognize volunteers who exemplify our values: Integrity, Respect, Inclusion, Creativity, Commitment, and Teamwork. Marcus’ legacy is complemented by the generosity of Peter Northrup, president of the Northrup Corp. insurance company, whose financial support made these awards possible.

“Marcus is a great person and does a lot for the community,” Peter says. “My belief is that we shouldn’t wait until someone has left us to honor them. While sending a check in memory is thoughtful, it’s even better to have the opportunity to honor someone in advance. Let us show appreciation and give recognition while we can.”

The week was marked by surprise celebrations at various centers, where we had the pleasure of honoring our awardees amidst their peers. Meet our inspiring awardees.

Bill Beckers

Belmont Center Site Manager Helen Wragg (left) and Home Delivery Coordinator Jessica Barber (right) surprise volunteer Bill Beckers with an outstanding volunteer award.

Bill Beckers has been a vital force of the Belmont Center volunteer community for nearly 10 years. In addition to driving three routes a week, he’s always willing to step in and help, even on his days off. At 83 years old, he connects deeply with the people he serves, often becoming a familiar and friendly face for many who look forward to his visits. “He eagerly supports our mission, contributing countless hours a week to delivering meals to the elders in our community,” says Belmont Program Manager Melissa Oldenburg. “Bill engages our community of participants, volunteers, and staff with kindness, respect, and enduring generosity.”

Mark Chapin

Meals on Wheels People board member Marcus Lampros (left) and donor Peter Northrup (right) surprise volunteer Mark Chapin (center) at the MLK Center.

Board member Marcus Lampros (left) and donor Peter Northrup (right) present volunteer Mark Chapin with his award at the MLK Center.

Mark Chapin has been a pillar of support for over a decade at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, coordinating coverage of three routes each week for delivery by the East Portland Rotary Club members and associates. Under his leadership, the club has never missed a delivery route. “As we all know, life happens, and when that occurs, he makes himself the substitute and delivers on behalf of the person who cannot make it,” says fellow MOWP volunteer and Rotary Club member Tony Leineweber. “He is one who credits his fellow Rotarians for their service to Meals on Wheels People, but he needs to receive the credit for making our commitment so successful. Mark’s integrity is without question.”

Rick Dwyer

Board member Marcus Lampros (left) and donor Peter Northrup (right) present volunteer Rick Dwyer with an award for his outstanding service at the Ambleside Center.

After retiring in 2011, Rick Dwyer wanted something to keep him busy. Since he had previous experience working in kitchens, it made sense to join Meals on Wheels People. Now, at 76, he arrives at the Ambleside Center in Gresham ready and willing to take on any task to help things run smoothly. On any given day, he sets up plates in the prep area, takes out the trash, stages the dining room, and washes dishes. Home Delivery Coordinator Shannon Roberts says: “Rick is always there to help us, especially for holiday dinners and big events. Rick has a great attitude.”

Don George

Donor Peter Northrup (left) and board member Marcus Lampros (right) and present volunteer Don George with an award for his outstanding service at the Battle Ground Center.

Don George, a dedicated volunteer with Meals on Wheels People since 2019, has been a steadfast presence in the Battle Ground community. Don’s journey with us began after retiring, seeking a way to fill his days with meaningful activities. His commitment quickly grew into a passion, as he discovered the profound impact of connecting with our participants. In addition to delivering meals, Don and his son Dylan played a crucial role in our Safe Homes for Seniors program, helping participants with housing safety, general maintenance, and yard cleanup. Fellow MOWP volunteer Cheryl Dorotik praises his commitment to our participants and the Clark County community: “He’s dedicated to the program, knows his participants, and also was instrumental with the yard cleanup program.”

Thank you to all our volunteers for your unwavering dedication and congratulations to our 2024 awardees. Your actions inspire us every day, ensuring that no one in our community is left behind, forgotten, or hungry. Together, we are making a difference.

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