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Andrea Malakar

2020 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year

Andrea Malakar was chosen the 2020 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year among 31 candidates submitted.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions in place regarding gathering, there was no public luncheon reception this year.  All 31 nominees received an award and a special four page publication was published in the Herald and News don April 24 during national volunteer week.

Andrea Malakar is a senior at Henley High School and for the past two years has served as the coordinator for the student-based Hunger:  Not Impossible program.  She has volunteered for three years on this program.  As the coordinator, Miss Malakar recruited and trained 27 fellow students to assist with fund raising and distributing food.

In 2019, Andrea’s team served 349 meals to 64 participants.  The program purchases food cards from local restaurants and provide those to needy students and their families.  In 2019, Andrea volunteered about 300 hours coordinating this campaign.  She also was very involved as a bilingual tutor for the Klamath County Schools migrant summer school program.

Andrea says volunteering is an excellent way to learn about yourself, discover your potential, practice your skills, and feel good about helping those in need.  She credits her parents for teaching her about the importance of giving back to the community and helping others.

The finalists for the 2020 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year included Louise Lyons, Kayla Sha, Frances Butler, Connie Willard, Andrea Malakar, Danniell Collins, and Kannah Greer.  Other finalists included  Sky Lakes Medical Center Volunteers, Sky Lakes Junior Volunteers, and the Klamath Village Volunteers.

Other nominees who received an award included:  Alexander Holland, Fabio Rivera, Dena Solyst, Kyanna Rogers, Kenneth Goswick, Bernetta White, Cindy Camozzi, Richard & Betty Roberts, James & Penny Hamilton, Debra & Darrel Schofield, James and Sherry Grimes, Carol Darling, Carol Roberts, Earleen Lusby, Bernice Sharpe, Crystal Breeden, Exchange Club of Klamath Falls, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office Mature Volunteer Program, Ross Ragland Theater Guild, and the You Matter to Klamath Suicide Awareness Coalition .

The 2020 Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year event was modified due to the COVID-19 health crisis.  There was NOT be a luncheon held to honor the volunteer nominees but rather a special Volunteer of the Year publication to recognize each nominee’s accomplishments was published on Friday, April 24th in the Herald and News.    Everyone nominated received an award.  Every nomination for Volunteer of the Year was judged by local media professionals:  Lyle Ahrens, KOTI-TV; Rob Siems, Basin Mediactive; Bob Wynne, Wynne Broadcasting; and Danielle Jester with the Herald and News.  Our sincere thanks to our judges for their time and commitment to this important annual program.

A special thanks to our financial partners of this event, The KMSB Foundation and the Wendt Family Foundation.

To view the 2020 Klamath Country Volunteers of Year Special Report go to publications page or click the following link

The Klamath Country Volunteer of the Year is selected
from the finalists within each of the five divisions.
(Youth, Adults, Seniors, Education and Public Safety/Public Service).

Nominate a Volunteer

United Way Leadership Giving KEY Club


Juan Maldonado
2020 Key Club Chairperson

The KEY Club is designed to recognize the extraordinary contribution by individuals to the United Way Community Campaign. In 2019, 107 members donated a total of $213,850 representing an average gift of $1,998. Sky Lakes Medical Center lead the way with 17 KEY Club donors. The following is a current roster of our 2019 members. While every gift is important, KEY Club gifts are vital to our overall success. The 2019 Leadership Giving KEY Club chairman was Mike Cheeseman.

Bronze KEY
(Gift of $1,000 to $1,499)
Cec Amuchastegui
Kasie Anderson
Janice Arnold
Paul Arnold
Tim & Kris Bailey
Julie Bainbridge
James Baxter
William & Sharon Brandsness
Denise Britan
Stephanie Brown
Jessica Chastain
David & Beth Drew
Charles R. Dunbar
Alan & Carol Eberlein
Neal & Susan Eberlein
Mel & Renee Ferguson
Gerald and Susan Freschi
Erin Foley
Suzie Galloway
Michael & Laila Griffith
Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Haddeland
Denise Hard
Sheri Hargrave
James W. Harris
Kenneth Harris
Patricia E. Henderson
Thomas J. Hottman
Molly & Lauren Jespersen
Ron & Chuck Johnson
Chris & Susan Kandra
Kara S. Kaefring
Loren Lawrie
Juan Maldonado
Rick McGuffey
Steve Meng
Shay-lee Morris
Dr.’s Nagi & Kasturi Naganathan
John & Ann Novak
Jeffrey Pardy
Tom Powley & Vonnie Powley
Lenora Reinhard
Denise Rising
David & Kristin Sayles
Ken & Karen Simpson
Linda Stastny
Joan Staunton
Tim & Gloria Steiner
Mitch & Tammy Stokes
Greg & Janet Thede
Cheryl Westbrook
Michael Westbrook
Dorothy L. Winters
Mrs. Carolyn J. Woods
*  Five anonymous donors
Silver Key
(Gift of $1,500 to $1,999)
Todd & Mindi Andres
Eric Baker
Dr. Beverly Bauman
Timothy Boozer
Frank Ganong
Faith Koepke
Mike Romtvedt
Tom & Sue Schiess
Brent Thomas
Patricia & Bud Wakefield
Wise & Company, LLP
*One anonymous donor
Gold Key
(Gift of $2,000 to $3,499)
Donnie Boyd
Leroy & Nora Cabral
George & Janice Calvert
Mike Cheeseman
Annette Cole
Ann Kellogg & Heather Emel-Kellogg
Daniel Earhart
Frank & Renee Hernandez
Rick & Susan Kreizenbeck
Dick & Chris Ledgerwood
Don & Kwanda McDonnell
Dr. Raul & Karri Mirande
Stan Neitling
Kent & Linda Pederson
Gary & Wanda Powless
Tom Powley & Vonnie Powley
Jay Schindler & Ruth Olsen
Erwin & Carol Ritter
Thomas J. & Barbara Shaw
Anne Weaver
* Six anonymous donors
Platinum KEY
(Gift of $3,500 to $4,999)
Marcella Bell, John & Kendall Bell
Drew & Betsy Honzel
. One anonymous donor
Emerald KEY
(Gift of $5,000 to $ 7,499)
Dan & Ann Cavanaugh
Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Larry & Maureen Jespersen
Nancy J. Wendt
*Two anonymous donors
Diamond KEY
(Gift of $7,500 to $9,999)
No donors at this level for 2019
United Way of America
Alexis de Tocqueville Society
(Gift of $10,000 and above)
Mike Short Trust
Bob & Michelle Wynne


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