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Brandi Johnson, executive director of a nonprofit organization that serves marginalized people, worked with Rotary Clubs to increase access to hygiene services.

Brandi Johnson, executive director of a nonprofit organization that serves marginalized people in the county, on April 7 received the Rotary Club of Clackamas' annual award to recognize extraordinary contributions to the community by citizens who are not club members.COURTESY PHOTO: ROTARY CLUB - Brandi Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit organization LoveOne, accepts an award from Rotary Club members Bob Johnson, left, and Bill Stewart on April 7.

When Bill Stewart, a member and past president of the club, nominated Johnson for the club's Non-Rotarian Award, he emphasized that "she is organized and relentlessly positive, committed to serving the public."COURTESY PHOTO - During the past year, volunteers have contributed more than 865 hours of labor and raised $36,000 for the new shower cart's construction.

Building a new shower cart came out of a conversation in March 2020, when Stewart and Johnson discussed a sharp increase in serious health issues related to lack of access to hygiene-related services. Many facilities that served the homeless in the Clackamas area either stopped operations or ceased providing some services, like shower facilities, as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns.

Fundraising led by the Rotary Club of Clackamas and the Clackamas Rotary Foundation, enlisted the Sunrise, Milwaukie, Oregon City and West Linn Rotary clubs, along with Celebrate Milwaukie and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation. Volunteers contributed more than 865 hours of labor, raised $36,000 for the new shower cart's construction and helped provide more than 420 showers over the course of the pandemic.

Johnson's performance as LoveOne's leader earned her the award, which was presented at the club meeting by Vocational Service Director, Bob Johnson.

LoveOne's mission reads: "Offering love, respect and dignity. One load of laundry at a time. One shower at a time. One meal at a time."

Stewart praised Johnson's management of the Rotary mobile shower cart, which was donated by Rotary and put in service more than a year ago "with excellent results." More than 300 homeless people receive showers two times per month due to the efforts or her group.

Johnson said LoveOne has one of the best direct connections with homeless people, especially helping them move and receive appropriate services after "sweeps" of homeless camps.COURTESY PHOTO: ROTARY CLUB - Brandi Johnson serves as executive director of LoveOne, a nonprofit organization that serves marginalized people in the county.

"We try to get them into programs for help. Whatever time it takes, we are going to invest in them until the work is done," she said.

The Rotary Club of Clackamas is a community service organization. The club's local and international projects include building an all-abilities park in Happy Valley, installing smoke alarms in mobile-home parks in Clackamas, providing meals to those in need and building a maternity hospital in The Gambia. For more information, visit clackamasrotaryfoundation.org. The club meets most Thursdays at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Clackamas at 12:15 p.m. Visitors are welcome.


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