Most Extraordinary Pro Bono Contribution

Bill Dickey


WHY HE’S EXTRAORDINARY: Bill Dickey is hooked on giving. “It becomes a kind of habit,” he says. His Northeast Portland-based printing company, Witham and Dickey Inc., has made a habit of taking on pro bono and discounted jobs for nonprofits all over the metro area, from Sherwood’s Cat Adoption Team to Portland Center Stage to Basic Rights Oregon, gifts worth thousands of dollars. Dickey has also donated cash to the Oregon Humane Society, Special Olympics Oregon, the Equity Foundation, the ALS Association of Oregon & SW Washington—so many organizations that he forgets all their names. Smaller nonprofits like the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival also rely on Dickey’s generosity—artistic director Gabriel Mendoza says the impact on his festival is “almost immeasurable.” But Dickey doesn’t mind that he’s been pegged as a giver by so many charities and is constantly swamped with nonprofit orders that add nothing to his bottom line. “My business partner lets me go willy-nilly on it,” he says. “I keep telling him that this comes back to us—people want to support the good work.” —EG

CONTACT:; 503-736-0930

Building Community

Hands On Greater Portland

WHAT THEY DO: Hands On Greater Portland was founded in 1996 by a circle of busy friends who wanted to make it easier for professionals to volunteer their limited time. The organization maintains an online project calendar, listing hundreds of volunteer opportunities with nonprofit groups across the metro area. Projects are tagged according to type, such as environment, health and homelessness, as well as length of commitment and location, allowing volunteers to find just the opportunity they are looking for. According to executive director Andy Nelson, 96 percent of last year’s participants said they’d sign up again. “It’s important to us that volunteers feel like the experience was worth it and want to do it again,” says Nelson. “We’re trying to launch people into volunteering for good.” —EG

WHAT THEY NEED: Volunteers to help a variety of charities in need
TO GIVE:; 503-413-7787

Most Extraordinary Volunteer

Mary Fromwiller

WHY SHE’S EXTRAORDINARY: Tom Soma, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington, sums up his feelings about volunteer Mary Fromwiller this way: “I just call her ‘Mom.’” He’s not the only one: Fromwiller has 6 children—not to mention 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. No stranger to volunteering, Fromwiller was a district coordinator for United Good Neighbors (which raised money for children with birth defects) in the 1960s, served as a phys ed instructor at St Joseph the Worker in Southeast Portland, delivered Meals on Wheels, and still provides communion to homebound members of St Joseph, every Wednesday. When Ronald McDonald House needs to send out a mailing, whether it’s a few hundred or a few thousand pieces, 81-year-old Fromwiller throws herself into the task. Gathering a chatty group of church ladies in the kitchen, she gets to work, folding, stuffing and stamping. Says Soma: “She brings a constant smile, a warm heart, a fun-loving attitude and a group of good friends to every assignment.” —EG

WHAT THEY NEED: Cash donations; donations of household items and new toys; volunteers to cook for visiting families
TO GIVE:; 971-230-6700 (East Portland) or 503-494-5200 (West Portland)