WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Amber R. Dobbs-Woodworth received Whitman’s 2008 Town-Gown Award from President George Bridges at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet Wednesday (Nov. 5) evening.

Dobbs-Woodworth, a native of Dayton, Washington, has worked for Whitman College since 2001. She is the communications operations manager and has built a reputation for quietly and efficiently juggling a large number of projects and requests from around the campus. She was recognized Wednesday evening for her outstanding service to Walla Walla while a member of the Whitman College staff. She was cited at the banquet for her deep commitment to both Whitman and the Walla Walla Communities. “We need more people like you, Amber,” said Bridges.

Her community service activities include:

  • In 1995 she organized her department at Key Technology to adopt a family (designated by Salvation Army) for the Christmas holiday season. The next year she challenged the other departments at Key to adopt families… Today, this program has grown to provide holiday assistance to about 20 families each year, thanks to “adopting” employee groups from Whitman and numerous Walla Walla businesses, including Key Technology, Inland Printing, Integrity Design, Mike and Ralph’s, Zip Zone Conoco and Tumac.
  • She created a similar program that provides school supplies each fall for children (designated by the Salvation Army) who would otherwise not have the necessary pencils, pens, paper, etc. She learned of this need while volunteering at the Christian Aid Center with her young sons on the weekends — to introduce them to the importance of community service.
  • The Blue Mountain Action Council named her Volunteer of the Year in 2002 for her work in the adult literacy program, where she took a young woman under her wing, and helped her learn English and take care of her infant son in addition to teaching her to read.
  • She was very involved in the Dayton High School’s 2008 “safe and sane” graduation party, including raising funds and supervising the evening’s activities. In addition, she surveyed the students to find out what they wanted at the party, so they would actually attend.
  • Her most recent community service includes fostering homeless cats and kittens until Purrfect Pets can find them permanent homes.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156