Pathways 2020 Community Champion Nominations

November 13, 2020 - Nominations for the Pathways 2020 Community Champion Awards are open now. The Community Champion Awards are part of a recognition program from Pathways 2020 to acknowledge the hard work of individuals and organizations to help Cowlitz County achieve a quality of place. Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form by clicking here:

Nominations will be closed on December 11.

The health and well-being of Cowlitz County residents is not an act of government but comes from individuals, volunteers, and local organizations who are committed to making a difference in our community. The result is what creates a true quality of place. Pathways 2020 will honor seven Community Champions during a celebration on January 22.

Please help us recognize these champions.

What is a community champion? A community champion is anyone – a public official, community leader, civic group, organization, concerned citizen, a health or human service worker, or a volunteer, who works hard to improve our quality of place. It could be someone who initiates the project as well as someone who is committed to its success. Someone who starts or supports an initiative or intervention to bring a program or idea to reality, or to otherwise improve the quality of life of a particular group or the community. A community champion could be an inspired visionary or a volunteer who is always there and willing to do whatever has to be done to keep things going. Previous winners and nominees can again be nominated and will be eligible to be declared a Champion.

For 2020 we are looking for seven community champions, one for each of the following areas, with suggested examples:

  • Economic Vitality
    • Creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, higher wages
  • Education
    • Staying in school, getting a college education, delinquency reduction, lifelong learning, school readiness, teen pregnancy reduction, physical activity, nutrition, youth engagement, special needs, healthy living
  • Health
    • Reducing chronic disease, food safety, access to health or dental care, mental health programs, tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse, mental health, suicide prevention, immunizations, increasing physical activity, trail development
  • Visionary (new)
    • An inspiration, committed to a cause, looks to the future, effort benefits many people, leadership, corrected major problem, recognizes helpers, fulfilled a dream, perceptive, innovative, tireless
  • Nutrition
    • Gardening, food preparation, affordable food, bartering, food banks, senior meals, school programs, farm to institutions, cost savings, access to healthy foods, farming, promoting healthy eating, canning, feeding programs
  • Civic Engagement
    • Neighborhood engagement, volunteerism, charities, faith-based, community events, crime reduction, drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, civic engagement
  • Housing
    • Affordable housing, homeownership, home improvements and repairs, homelessness, special needs housing, new construction, access to services, healthy homes, neighborhood safety, aging in place

New this year is recognition of people or organizations whose visionary work has promoted Cowlitz County to improve our quality of place. Three awards will be presented to a public official, business, and community member who demonstrate an attitude and support for education, economy, social, cultural, or faith.

You can nominate an individual, agency, club, or yourself. Previous winners can also be nominated. Community champions will be selected by a committee from Pathways 2020 and winners will be introduced in January as part of a public event. The link to the nomination form is above. 

Nominations can also be made by writing to youmans [at] or by mail to:

Attention: Community Champions

Pathways 2020

P.O.  Box 1278,

Longview, WA 98632.

It is time to honor those making a difference in our community, please nominate your champion today.

Pathways 2020 is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to fundamentally improve the personal, educational, and economic health, and quality of place of Cowlitz County.


Event Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 12:15pm to Friday, December 11, 2020 - 5:15pm