Eppie Johnson

Applause: Community awards June 18, 2012

Published: Monday, Jun. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B

Kudos to: Christopher Gonzales Jr., an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center

Accomplishment: He won the National Service Impact Award from a federal agency.

Details: Gonzales developed a program for the homeless with three departments: a donations center, a computer resource center and a transportation center. In just six months, the program has served more than 640 people and distributed 2,000 donated items.

Kudos to: Eppie Johnson

Accomplishment: His 2011 Eppie's Great Race raised $40,000.

Details: Johnson presented to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors $20,000 for Therapeutic Recreation Services and $20,000 for Pathways to Recreation Inc. to create a wheelchair-accessible van for TRS participants. The next Eppie's Great Race is July 21. Call (916) 480-0270 or visit eppiesgreatrace.org for more information.

Kudos to: Ruth Williams

Accomplishment: Nominated by Shiloh Baptist Church as a young person worthy of recognition

Details: The Sheldon High School graduate was president of the Christian Club, captain of the women's tennis team, student government academics commissioner, member of the academic decathlon and a mentor to younger students.

Kudos to: Atlas Disposal Industries

Accomplishment: Named a Business of the Year by CoolCalifornia.org for demonstrating climate-change practices

Details: The company purchased four compressed natural gas- fueled vehicles last year, bringing the Atlas fleet to 25 percent CNG. In 2010, Atlas began collecting fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and used paper to process into compost.

– Bill Lindelof, blindelof@sacbee.com.

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