Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.
Every day this month we'll present an Unsung Hero on seattleschild.com.
Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.
Amanda Dugger, Spokane Valley:
In the three-plus years I have known Amanda, I have witnessed her be an amazing role model for her daughter — who is now a senior in high school — by giving back to her community, taking on a leadership role with a coalition in need of a chairperson, helping to raise her nephews, and volunteering to learn and lead programs like Strengthening Families (what a great fit!).
Amanda has demonstrated resilience by remaining clean and sober for more than 13 years, fighting back against poverty and the stigma of those in recovery.
When Amanda's daughter lost her best friend three years ago, Amanda guided her daughter in starting a program called "Socks for the Homeless," in honor and memory of her friend's compassion and love for all people. Since then, the program has grown to provide a lot more than socks for people without homes, secured a fiscal agency so they can accept donations, organized donation drives for items to provide necessities for people in need. Recently they changed their name to "Socks for People Without Homes" to honor that we are all people first and homelessness is a situation, not who you are. On Christmas Eve, Amanda was with her daughter and a few volunteers in downtown Spokane delivering Christmas Stockings to people living on the streets.
It is my honor and privilege to know and work with Amanda in our community. She is an amazing asset and raising a resilient child with a passion to serve her community.
Nominated by AJ Sanders