The April 2008 recipient is David Anderson for his lifetime of work dedicated to the community of Tillicum and especially its youth.
David grew up in Tillicum where he and his wife have raised all four of their children. They instilled in them the value of giving back to their community. In fact, their daughter, Christina Klas works for Communities in Schools of Lakewood.
Currently, David is the president of the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association. He facilitates these monthly meetings and actively participates in all activities and projects including sending out a newsletter to over 1000 families. The motto of the association is ‚ÄúOur greatest asset is our people.‚Äù He believes that every person has a skill or talent that can be offered as a contribution to better ones community. David lives this out through his leadership in organizing citizens at a grass roots level into an active force for positive change.
Personally, he works with Youth for Christ in planning and teaching parenting classes, a four week series that emphasizes discipline and goal setting for successful families. He is also involved in the Youth for Christ drop in center for teens including its future development planning. This center will provide a safe place for youth and offer needed resources and support.
Down by the lake, David offers a Friday night plane building class for youth. Some of the kids are fatherless and father mentors volunteer to work with the youth on their projects. They then enjoy a hamburger and hot dog meal by a campfire. David also keeps the 50 city owned fishing poles maintained so that youth can use them on the dock at no charge. He has tutored high-risk children and has provided support and counseling to their families.
David is a chaplain for the Lakewood Police Department. His commitment to families has been there even in times of tragedy. He has buried four Tillicum children and provided comfort to a grieving community.
David’s daughter, Christina nominated her father for this award. She wrote that ‚Äúthe best thing about the way David serves his community is the fact that he would rather not be recognized for what he has done. He said once that the sign of a good leader is one who can step down from his duties and no one notices he has left because he has taught others to lead.‚Äù
For his active commitment to youth and community, David Anderson, ‚Äúnoticed‚Äù by Lakewood’s Human Services Collaboration, is receiving the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood.
Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Promises:
‚Ä¢ Caring Adults-Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults-parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
‚Ä¢ Safe Places -Provide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
‚Ä¢ Healthy Start-Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a health future
‚Ä¢ Marketable Skills-Provide marketable skills through effective education
‚Ä¢ Opportunities to Serve-Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community.
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a ‚ÄúCaught in the Act-of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise‚Äù Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood.