Our Opinion: There are heroes among us
It's true: Not all heroes wear capes. Help us share their story.
Pamplin Media Group wants to honor our Community Heroes, and we need your help to celebrate the best among us.
Last week, we shared with readers the stories of more than 20 Amazing Kids from throughout Oregon, including Washington County residents like Ella Scharosch, Jenell Theobald, Taryn Coulson, Cait Smith and Yolanda Diaz-Salgado.
This fall, we hope to share more stories about incredible people doing great work to better themselves and the world around them — not just kids, but adults as well.
The idea behind this special publication, Pamplin Community Heroes, is to honor people within our communities who step up to make this a better place, who quietly work behind the scenes to make a difference, who have a passion and a drive to serve others.
There is no definition of what makes a Community Hero, but most tend to be unsung heroes who are quietly doing amazing work for the improvement of their community.
As you've read on this page before, and as you have likely seen in your own life, in the midst of the current pandemic, there is no shortage of examples of heroism even among "ordinary folks." Many, many people have stepped up, whether in their everyday jobs or in their volunteer capacities, to assist others in these difficult times.
A Community Hero can be your neighbor, your colleague, your friend, employee or someone you see making a positive impact. A hero exemplifies how a person with passion and determination can make a difference.
We encourage you to nominate an individual in your community whom you feel is deserving. Who has earned some recognition for their selflessness and commitment? Whose story might not be widely known, but should be?
Send us your nominations this week and next, through Friday, Sept. 4. Our news team will select local honorees, and these Community Heroes will be honored in a special section distributed throughout the Pamplin Media Group network of newspapers, as well as on all our local websites.
For more information or to make a nomination, please go to pamplinheroes.com.
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