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.
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.
As part of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Facebook initiative, Broadway Toyota presented Fences for Fido with a brand new Toyota Tundra Friday. They'll use the truck to haul their fence building material.
The ride might be over for one of our Everyday Heroes, but the journey to help at-risk kids continues.
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.
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.
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.
Vida Trout has volunteered more than 1200 hours at Adventist Medical Center.
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.
Firefighters with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue climb to great heights to help conquer cancer.
A local woman hopes to change the way education is perceived in far away villages in rural Africa.
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.
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.
It's hard to say who's the hero here: Leslie Roach, who rescues these horses, the horses themselves or the young ladies who've learned to care and love the animals.
With college tuition and fees rising faster than the average middle class income - sending kids to school is getting harder and harder. That's why Leah Cronn is so amazing.
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.
George Barron used to be a smoker. Now he's telling kids that he hopes they never pick up the habit.
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.
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.
Tom Davis is an in-home physical therapist who not only helps his patients regain mobility but spends his own time and money to keep them safe.
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.
Each week Jackie Simonski visits expectant mothers who are on bed rest at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and taps into their artistic side.
A group of local sixth graders take some time out to read and play with kids who live at Providence Child Center. And in a heart-warming exchange between the two groups the children realize they have more in common than they think.
The spirit of the season teaches us to help one another – to take better care of our neighbors, because, after all, it is better to give than to receive. Matthew Bacon, 13, in Vancouver is doing just that.
For Dick Akins and his wife, Ann, it all started four years ago. Driving down Burnside they saw all the homeless men huddled along the streets and under the bridge.
Andie Proskus is a 19-year-old on a mission -- a mission to make people smile
We're going to revisit one of our heroes who keep doing good things. In fact, more people are able to see clearly now thanks to them.
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.
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.
It's not just a bike repair class for middle school kids it’s also providing students a lesson in helping others and in self-pride.
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.
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.
After their stories aired on KATU News, a bed maker got a huge anonymous donation and a media organization for people with developmental disabilities was able to hire more reporters.
Two strangers, Charlene Zidell and Charles Suniga, were brought together by a passion to help others. How a woman helped a local musician become a player with a purpose.
A local woman with Down syndrome doesn't let her disorder get in her way. Now she is getting her feet wet once yet again to help local kids.
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.
While it may seem like any other summer camp, look closely, because this is a camp filled with more love and compassion than you can imagine.
David McGinnis and Todd Kimball and others cover things like sports, music and trade shows. Kimball says people with developmental disabilities have an openness that allows them to ask questions that other media won't.
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.
Jimmy Stewart has been volunteering at Loaves and Fishes five days a week for the last 15 years and has never missed a single day. His friends say he is the "definition of the word dedicated." He also has some pretty mean dance moves.
Remember when you were a kid and didn't know where to start looking for that first job? Some teens out there have a woman who's squarely in their corner.
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.
For many people who once felt alone, life is a whole lot better thanks to the folks at the Macdonald Center.
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.
Catherine Atiyeh-Mitchell, a Salvation Army volunteer, stepped outside her comfortable surrounds to help others suffering through the aftermath of a tornado.
Teri Silva and her husband operate "Big Hearts Horse Rescue" in Keizer and having been saving horses from heartbreaking conditions.
While Habitat for Humanity is known for building homes, its offshoot helps people maintain them.
Here’s a group of high school students who are out to save lives, and in the process, highlight all the good that kids can accomplish.
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.
When a local college student needed some help many stepped up and some didn't even know her. It turned out to be all about compassion.
It’s an “Extreme Makeover: Community Edition.” That’s what you could call what happened at the Oregon School for the Deaf.
Brett and Brettie McCullough have been raising money to try and help other children living with cancer after their daughter, Kyla, died from a brain tumor.
George Kaufer, president of FISH Vancouver, spends countless hours making sure others in our community are clothed and fed.
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.
Lindsay Chavez donates countless hours of her time training service dogs so young kids with autism get a shot at a more normal life and a little companionship from a furry friend.
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.
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.
Tyler Nguyen has so far raised enough money to build one water well in Africa. His plan is to raise enough for 50.
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.
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.
In this week’s Everyday Heroes, a local woman who has a real passion for primates has dedicated her entire life to the recovery and rehabilitation of mistreated monkeys.
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.
Marc Gaudin helps kids all over the country by building them specialized beds.
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.
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.
We're talking books. But not just any books. These are being handled with tender loving care because they're going to kids who need them most.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some people are giving back a little later in life, and because of them, our younger generation is reaping some huge benefits. Online: Get Involved.
As a volunteer for the last four years with the Children's Cancer Association, Amanda Sines has been what they call a chemo pal.
Marsha Chambers has spent the last 20 years giving unwanted dogs a place to live. As you'll see, even after two decades her passion is as strong as ever. Hopes Haven Friends.
You will find 9-year-old Gracie Pakosz and her band of friends hitting the streets decked out in their "Green Team" T-shirts. They're ready to take on the world or at least clean it up.
Leroy Boyle is someone who fought for all of us. He’s a man who has faced huge battles but is still around to talk about it. KATU’s Steve Dunn was there when the community of Estacada surprised him.
Scott Hatley and a friend started INCIGHT to help high school students with disabilities realize they can go to college or get a job. The organization does so by focusing on education, employment, independence and networking.
If somebody new moves to the neighborhood, Mabel is the first to greet them, and he delivers flowers to any neighbor in need. She helped organize the recent national night out. And that's only a partial list.
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.
At 83 years old, Mary McCann does more than most people half her age. And she does it with enthusiasm.
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.
One group of volunteers is using Yoga to make positive changes in people who are going through some very tough times in their lives.
In this week's edition of "Everyday Heroes" we bring you the story of Captain Dave, a pilot volunteering his time to make learning fun through the science of flight.
This is a story about partnerships that are formed through several nonprofits reaching out to one another and influencing an after-school tutoring program.
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.
Do you know anybody who’s dropped out of high school? Did you know there’s a terrific organization out there waiting to help with open arms? KATU’s Steve Dunn checked out Portland Youth Builders and found some kids with a whole new outlook on life.
Dr. Martin Balish is helping people who can’t afford cataract surgery to see again through the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation’s Mission Cataract.
At the Pacific Barber shop in Kelso, you'll find more than a haircut and a shave. You'll witness community spirit in action.
Nine and 10 year olds at Wallace Elementary School in Kelso, Wash. are learning much more than reading, writing and arithmetic.
Instead of being immersed in their own activities this group of students spend their time providing a free citizenship education program to legal residents hoping to become citizens.
In this week’s Everyday Heroes, three fifth graders inspired an entire school to bring change – literally – to help animals at the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
Some friends have come together to build a community garden and it’s something that could help feed hundreds of people.
It’s a modern day Cinderella story and KATU’s Steve Dunn speaks to the fairy godmother, a woman who is helping high school girls make life-long memories, one dress at a time.
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.
Jeff Young stared down a debilitating disease, defied the odds and became the driving force behind a message of positivity.
Music students at Gift for Discovery Middle School in Vancouver, were recently the beneficiaries of $25,000 worth of musical instruments. This gift was generously donated from the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the Clark County Amphitheater.
Duane Sich, with Friends of the Carpenter, is building relationships with some people who others have disregarded – the homeless.