Everyday Heroes

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Who is your hero? KATU wants to recognize the "Everyday Heroes" in our community - ordinary people doing extraordinary things to make our neighborhoods a better place to live. Nominate your own "Everyday Hero."

 

 

                                                                                  

Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Lucky LINKS Everyday Heroes: Lucky LINKS(Video)
In today's Everyday Heroes: A man who has a lot in common with the people he helps. Like them, he often doesn't know where he'll get the money to fill his gas tank or buy the food he'll need tomorrow.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Camp Courage Everyday Heroes: Camp Courage(Video)
We all know how tough it can be for service members so far away from home for so long. But thanks to a place called Camp Courage their conditions are a lot more bearable.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: Ed Sherman Everyday Hero: Ed Sherman(Video)
Ed Sherman helps kids overcome obstacles, all while dealing with some of his own. We caught up with him at a recent fundraiser for Rosemary Anderson High School, where he was honored by the school.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: Skyler Lee Everyday Hero: Skyler Lee(Video)
It's the middle of summer and most 12-year-olds are probably out playing. But not Skyler Lee - she's spending her summer, and pretty much all year long, working hard to make sure low-income families in Longview are warm in the winter.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Rob Rupp and Fences for Fido Everyday Heroes: Rob Rupp and Fences for Fido(Video)
Fences for Fido is an organization that releases dogs from their chains – building fences at no cost to the owner – so those dogs can run free. Rob Rupp joined the group after his dog died as a way to honor his pet.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Babies in Need Everyday Heroes: Babies in Need(Video)
Hundreds of babies are born every month in Vancouver. Some of them are born to mothers who can't afford even the most basic of things such as clothes, blankets and diapers.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: Mako Gedi Everyday Hero: Mako Gedi (Video)
She came to the U.S. 12 years ago unable to speak English and shy. Today Mako Gedi has overcome her challenges and taken a lead in making sure everyone at her school is prepared when disaster strikes.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: The Trey Foote Foundation Everyday Heroes: The Trey Foote Foundation(Video)
Trey Foote was just 17 when he lost his fight against cancer, but his life and battle left a lasting impression on many. Now the Trey Foote foundation is continuing his fight by helping to find a cure for childhood cancer.
Inside KATU My Little Waiting Room benefits many My Little Waiting Room benefits many(Video)
My Little Waiting Room is a free drop-in child-care center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center has now seen 10,000 children and a second location may open this year.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Jerry Turner Everyday Heroes: Jerry Turner(Video)
It's hard to find a boss who's incredibly well-liked by his employees, but we found him. Our Everyday Hero this week not only loves his job, he's using it and the struggles he's had to overcome, to give students a chance to succeed.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: John Griffin Everyday Heroes: John Griffin(Video)
John griffin created a group at Fort Vancouver High School aimed at turning troubled students into gentlemen and ladies and introducing them to the ways of the world beyond academics.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Bridge Meadows Everyday Heroes: Bridge Meadows(Video)
Bridge Meadows is a three generation housing community consisting of adoptive homes for children who've languished in foster care. But that's not all. There are also apartments for elders 55 and older.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Books Make It Better Everyday Heroes: Books Make It Better(Video)
We want to introduce you to Jen Barth – a local mother who discovered the power of children's books – and how she hopes to turn a family project into a nationwide effort.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Helping homeless veterans Everyday Heroes: Helping homeless veterans(Video)
Mike Bryant and his wife Lacey Palmer are consumed with helping homeless veterans. They call their house of compassion Lacey's House. Its origin can be traced back to Lacey's father - a Vietnam vet.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: The Knit Wits(Video)
June Brannam was given a week to live after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Eight years later, Brannam is using her energy and skills to bring joy, hope and love to others when they need it the most.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Harvesting Hope Everyday Heroes: Harvesting Hope(Video)
A simple idea based in the concept of sharing. One Portland woman's vision is filling the shelves of local food pantries with a staple most of us take for granted: fresh fruit.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: John and Kristi Scott Everyday Heroes: John and Kristi Scott(Video)
Every once in a while you meet someone who's doing something good because it's the right thing to do. John and Kristi Scott have no personal or family connection to ALS disease, but that doesn't matter.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Duncan Campbell Everyday Heroes: Duncan Campbell(Video)
Campbell started Friends of the Children 19 years ago. A tough childhood in the same Northeast Portland neighborhood lit a fire in him to want to give back.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Using science to make a difference Everyday Heroes: Using science to make a difference(Video)
We want to introduce you to an incredible local teenager, Naomi Shah, who's making international headlines. She's taken her family's struggle and her passion for science and turned it into a vision that she hopes will make a difference.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Northwest Health and Safety Everyday Heroes: Northwest Health and Safety(Video)
This couple works hand in hand with disabled members of the community - to give them a freedom that some of us might take for granted. And with a little hard work, they've made a lot of people very happy.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: James Redden Everyday Heroes: James Redden(Video)
Overlook Park’s baseball field wasn’t much to look at not long ago but thanks to James Redden baseball is back and in full swing at the field.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Busy Bees Everyday Heroes: Busy Bees(Video)
Once a month in the back room of a Southeast Portland church you will find a group of people who call themselves the Busy Bees. They take discarded Barbies and refurbish them.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: A dream come true Everyday Heroes: A dream come true(Video)
Bud Ward will be 91 in July and helped organize his 1938 graduating class into a reunion group. But getting back to Ohio for his 73rd reunion was going to be tough until he reached out to KATU News.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Paul Knauls Everyday Heroes: Paul Knauls(Video)
Widely known as the "unofficial mayor" of Northeast Portland, many will tell you Paul Knauls is Northeast Portland – whether it’s been directing the “Good in the Hood” parade for 13 years or getting behind the effort to have the Martin Luther King Jr.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Chelsea’s Closet Everyday Heroes: Chelsea’s Closet(Video)
A woman, who lost her daughter to cancer, is paying it forward by providing costumes for kids with cancer. Once a month, other cancer patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital become whatever they want to be.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Heroes: Bob’s Red Mill(Video)
Think about all of the bosses you've ever had. If they're anything like this week's hero, you're lucky. This is no 'run of the mill' boss, so we figured he was in for a surprise.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Two Vancouver life savers Everyday Heroes: Two Vancouver life savers(Video)
This week's Everyday Heroes know how to think quickly on their feet. Both were at a local community center when a man collapsed and stopped breathing. Lucky for him, these heroes jumped into action and saved his life.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Limbs for Life Everyday Heroes: Limbs for Life(Video)
This week’s Everyday Hero is about helping strangers regain their life after losing an arm or leg. It's about helping people overcome challenges, and it's about inspiring those they helped to give back.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Where are they now? Everyday Heroes: Where are they now?(Video)
With 2010 now behind us, we wanted to give you a quick update on a few of our Everyday Heroes to find out what they've been up to since we first met them.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Backpacks for better lives Everyday Heroes: Backpacks for better lives(Video)
You won't find two people more surprised or more deserving of this week's Everday Hero award. Carol Hill and Vicki Penfield saw a need - and jumped into the fray. They're both employees at Harrison Park School, where 85 percent of the students are either on a free or reduced lunch program.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Chase Away K9 Cancer Everyday Heroes: Chase Away K9 Cancer(Video)
A woman took a leap of faith all because of her dog. What began as a sad story could now be the difference between life and death for dogs of the future.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: A wedding wish come true Everyday Heroes: A wedding wish come true(Video)
It was a dream come true for a couple dealing with some difficult circumstances. In this week's Everyday Hero's segment we'll show you how some incredible generousity is helping this couple turn things around.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Helping foster kids Everyday Heroes: Helping foster kids(Video)
This week’s Everyday Hero is another example of young people doing really good things: What started out as a Girl Scout project has become something that will impact hundreds of children. Here’s the teenager behind it and her inspiration.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: Northwest Children's Outreach Everyday Hero: Northwest Children's Outreach
A one-of-a-kind group is making a huge difference for local kids, but they need your help. For this week's Everyday Hero, KATU Anchor Steve Dunn went to check out a local program that helps clothe children who really need it.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: The Sweet Potato Queens Everyday Heroes: The Sweet Potato Queens(Video)
If you're still looking for something to do for Halloween you could take a drive to Battle Ground and meet this week's everyday hero. While you may be in for a bit of a scare it's all for a great cause.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Heroes help another hero with no legs Everyday Heroes: Heroes help another hero with no legs(Video)
Army specialist Kevin Pannell was on routine foot patrol in Iraq when his unit was ambushed with grenade fire. He has prosthetics for legs now. A national nonprofit group is building Pannell a specially adapted, wheelchair accessible house.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Let them play tennis Everyday Heroes: Let them play tennis(Video)
For this week's Everyday Heroes, many Portland-area at-risk kids are trumpeting a program that is transforming lives: Portland After-School Tennis and Education, funded by the U.S. Tennis Association.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Camp Rosenbaum Everyday Heroes: Camp Rosenbaum(Video)
Fred Rosenbaum, who once ran the Housing Authority of Portland and was commander of the Air National Guard wanted to give underprivileged children a shot at a better life.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Living Yoga Everyday Heroes: Living Yoga(Video)
One group of volunteers is using Yoga to make positive changes in people who are going through some very tough times in their lives.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Salvation Army tutoring Everyday Heroes: Salvation Army tutoring (Video)
This is a story about partnerships that are formed through several nonprofits reaching out to one another and influencing an after-school tutoring program.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: The sky's the limit for these kids Everyday Hero: The sky's the limit for these kids(Video)
Tucked in the back corner of a warehouse at the Aurora Airport is where we find this week's Everyday Hero. Since last September he has been helping a group of 15 to 17 year olds build an airplane - not a model but a real airplane.
Inside KATU Everyday Hero: Russ Neely Everyday Hero: Russ Neely(Video)
At the Pacific Barber shop in Kelso, you'll find more than a haircut and a shave. You'll witness community spirit in action.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Friends of Jeff Young Everyday Heroes: Friends of Jeff Young(Video)
Last week we introduced you to Jeff Young, who’s outlived doctor’s expectation and became an inspiration to his community. Today, KATU’s Steve Dunn introduces you to the group that has helped him do it.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Jeff Young Everyday Heroes: Jeff Young(Video)
Jeff Young stared down a debilitating disease, defied the odds and became the driving force behind a message of positivity.
Inside KATU Everyday Heroes: Duane Sich Everyday Heroes: Duane Sich(Video)
Duane Sich, with Friends of the Carpenter, is building relationships with some people who others have disregarded – the homeless.