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, email@example.com.