Feb. 27, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 200 amazing individuals were nominated for the 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award. The Jefferson Awards is the "Nobel Prize" for public service. The 2013 winners represent our states' unsung heroes; those who are making a difference in their community, the nation and the world, through their jobs or volunteer service. In 1972, the late
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Robert Taft Jr.
founded the Jefferson Awards, a unique nationwide effort that recognizes the highest ideals and achievements of individuals in public service in
the United States
The 2013 Washington State Jefferson Award Winners:
- As a high school student in
Jared formed the Student Voice Project to fight for student rights after the local school board decided to restrict access to extracurricular activities due to a Gay-Straight-Alliance club request. Three years later the student coalition has expanded nationally to include more than 20 states.
- After her two sons were diagnosed with autism, Karen was diagnosed with autism in her 40s. Karen co-founded Autism Empowerment based in
and she currently serves as the volunteer Executive Director. Her vision promotes Acceptance, Enrichment, Inspiration and Empowerment within the Autism and Asperger communities.
- As a volunteer with FISH Food Banks of
, Mike developed an innovative mobile food bank that is able to go where the greatest demand is five days a week. His converted moving van provides access to emergency food assistance for people in need with dignity.
- For more than 25 years, Julia has been an advocate for injured and disabled veterans, in particular veterans who have suffered military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and brain injury. Currently she is President of Outreach and Resource Services for Women Veterans (OARS) based in
- After moving to the U.S. from Togo Africa, Olowo-n'djo earned his college degree and worked to improve the lives of women in his native Togo. Recognizing gender inequalities and poverty, he organized a women's cooperative in
to produce shea butter, which ten years later is the biggest private employer in central
with over 400 members and employees and is based in
KING5's Evening Magazine will air stories about the winners on
Mon., March 18
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