David Aldridge has been named as the 2019 recipient of the
Tigard’s First Citizen award. This
award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer
contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active,
involved, interested and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live
and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education,
social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This
award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The
recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving
to improve the Tigard Area.
David Aldridge’s contributions to the Tigard
community have covered a wide range of activities and organizations including
the Good Neighbor Center, Tigard CERT, St. Anthony Severe Weather Shelter, the
American Red Cross, Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility, the Pumper Car,
church, and general community service. All of these areas of volunteerism have
a common theme of helping those in greatest need. He has selflessly given thousands of hours of
service across our community.
This includes 20 years as a weekly
overnight host at the Good Neighbor Center Family Homeless Shelter in Tigard,
sleeping on a couch 1 night each week to ensure the safety and security of Good
Neighbor Center families, and enabling the agency to run cost effectively. In addition to his service in this aspect,
David is currently serving and has been on the Board of Directors for the Good
Neighbor Center for the last 6 years.
Keeping his focus on the community of
Tigard, David has been a member of the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) for over 10 years, helping his community and neighbors be better prepared
in the event of a serious natural or other local disaster. CERT is entirely
volunteer run and is a program of the City of Tigard.
David also serves as a volunteer staffer for Saint Anthony’s
“severe weather shelter” for the homeless, often helping to stay
overnight (and more) as a volunteer host. Though not a member of the Catholic Church
himself, he believes in what St. Anthony’s is doing and has given countless
hours over last 5 years in support of their work on many occasions.
Continuing in his spirit of giving and service, David is also
personally a member of the “Ten+ Gallons Given Club” with the Red
Cross where he’s donated over 12 gallons of blood/platelets. This equates to over 96 pints of blood!
Although this next service takes place in our neighboring
community of Tualatin, Oregon, David for many years has served at the Coffee
Creek Women’s Correctional Facility on a weekly basis, overseeing an addiction
recovery in-service program for the female inmates. Coffee Creek is the only
Women’s Correctional facility in the state so it services all communities. This is an unpaid community service position
requiring him to be at the prison three times each week. He has been providing this
service for several years now and is the only volunteer that shows up rain or
shine, even in the snow, week-in-and-week-out and on holidays.
David also gives a great deal of church and general community
service through JustServe.org and more, visiting the elderly in the area, assisting
with addiction recovery programs and meetings, emergency preparedness,
community education, and more. He has a greeter and supporter at the City of
Tigard Community Preparedness Fair since the beginning.
helped raise a significant amount of funding
to support a local Tigard company, Columbia Inland, manufacturer of The Pumper
Car, an FDA approved medical physical therapy device enabling patients of all
ages, but especially special needs children, who suffer from autism, down
syndrome, cerebral palsy, and many other maladies, to be able to exercise and
improve their coordination and conditioning in some extraordinary ways.
but not least, David was awarded the Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart”
Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.
As you can see David has
engaged at a broad level across the Tigard community on behalf of the
community. It is obvious he cares deeply
about the place that he lives and its vulnerable community members. In all his roles he is always selflessly looking
out for the betterment of the community at large.
Please join us in
congratulating David on his award and thanking him for his service to our
Tigard community. His award will be formally presented with other Tigard
volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2019 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala
being held on Friday, May 3rd, from 5:30-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites –
Washington Square, our event location host. With a theme of travel, this
elegant themed event includes a silent auction, dinner, dessert dash, awards
and more. Tickets are $60 per person. Get ready to travel the world and join us
to celebrate Tigard!
For further details about the Tigard Shining Stars Community
Awards Gala, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or
or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.