The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson and the United Way recognize Someone Special Volunteers who have made significant contributions to the community. Each volunteer will receive a plaque from Ken K Thompson and recognition during the "Todd and Mardy Morning Show" on KB101 radio.
The Evergreen Housing Program and Evergreen Shelter Program have nominated Mary Auger and Bob Enger as Someone Special volunteers.
Auger currently chairs Evergreen's board of directors, where she has served for five years. She also serves on Evergreen's program, sustainability and building committees. Thanks to her leadership, Evergreen is moving forward with a new project that will co-locate Evergreen's community services programs with youth housing units, improving supervision of youth in its housing program and making agency services easily accessible. Evergreen's housing program annually serves 100-150 homeless youth and young adults, nearly 60 percent of whom is are pregnant and/or parenting. Thanks to Auger's vision and commitment, Evergreen is able to provide support to young moms and other homeless youth during their most difficult life challenges.
Enger has worked to strengthen youth and preserve families through his service on the Evergreen board during the past 15 years. He has been a strong staff advocate, voting for pay increases and improvements to the benefits package and for progressive personnel policies. He is also currently the supervising attorney at Northwest Minnesota Legal Services. He has been incredibly generous and selfless with his time and legal advice to staff and agency clients. For more than 10 years, Enger has been a regular presenter at Evergreen's Independent Living Skills groups offered to youth in the foster care system. Enger helps youth understand tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities, helping youth learn to be good tenants and good neighbors.