Human Relations Commission Announces Heather Withers as Humanitarian Award Recipient
Post Date:01/05/2018 11:00 AM
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The Ames Human Relations Commission has announced that Heather Withers will receive its 2018 Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.
Withers is a retired minister from the Unity Church. Beginning in 1989, she conducted commitment ceremonies before gay marriage became legal. As director of the Good Neighbor Fund, she provided emergency help to the poor. Withers has brought together people of diverse religions, cultures, sexualities, and economic circumstances in shared worship, conversation and service. She has taken leadership roles in Beyond Welfare, AMOS Housing Team, AmeriCorps, and is a founder of The Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance. Currently, Withers is engaged in giving direct service to help refugees from war-ravaged Sudan make their home in Ames.
Withers will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, at Ames Middle School, 3915 Mortensen Road.