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2021-2022 Honorees for the Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership
Learn about the positive impact of six community leaders and how they keep their neighbors strong and connected.
2020 Honorees — Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership
Learn about the positive impact of six community leaders and how they keep their neighbors strong and connected.
Ana Rodriguez: Refusing to be sidelined
Ana Rodriguez banded together with other residents and Lawrence Community Works to ensure that revitalization included an adequate supply of housing affordable for lower-income families.
Maxine Woodside: Always focused on those in greater need
For Maxine Delores Hill Woodside, adversity at a young age also bred inspiration and a burning desire to help others.
Rich Clegg: Following his calling
When NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire adopted a revitalization plan for the neighborhood, Rich Clegg stepped up to become a moving force in its implementation. 
Janet Simmons: Stepping up when a leader is needed
Janet acted quickly to organize her neighbors, and enlisted help from HOME Line, a tenant-advocacy nonprofit, and NeighborWorks member Aeon.
Marie Miller: Restoring trust between police and community
Marie Miller had grown up in an inner-city Boston neighborhood, and Roxbury — her assigned district — is very similar. So, she says, “I knew where [the residents] came from. And I earned respect because I wanted to be on the streets.”
Gwyn Guidy: Doing the hard work of making change
Gwyn Guidy's skills were shaped in large part by an earlier effort to ward off the potential ill effects of gentrification. When a city ordinance was adopted that allowed restrictions on minimum lot sizes for an entire area – not just block by block – she sprang into action.
Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty in Oklahoma
By engaging residents, Little Dixie Community Action Agency revitalizes a vacant track of land and a park.
Sandra Robertson: Reconnecting residents to the land
When she bought her first home, it was a food desert and vacant lots marked the area—a consequence of the blight and demolitions triggered by the housing crisis.
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