ECHO Award Winners - 2015


Books for Dudes is Forsyth County Public Library's book club for men. Unlike most book clubs, members aren't required to read the same book.  Instead, they are encouraged to share their own literary finds as well as their personal stories and thoughts on current events.  Members range from recent high school graduates to retirees and from the unemployed to businessmen - resulting in close, trusting relationships and bridging social capital among this diverse group of community members. 


Jake Denton is a "one-person social capital machine" who lives out his values and builds trust among many. Jake's involvement with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has ranged from being a volunteer/neighborhood organizer to currently serving as an AmeriCorps National Service member. He has built trusting relationships with his neighbors and with Habitat homeowners and volunteers from diverse race, age, class, and social circumstance.  Jake demonstrates an innate ability to connect with others in an open and genuine way that has erased stereotypes while creating greater understanding in our community. 


Terry Hicks is a choral music teacher by trade, but his social capital-building impact ripples through generations.  For over 25 years he has encouraged students at R.J. Reynolds High School to create lasting bonds across race, class, neighborhoods, religion, stereotypes, and even high school cliques, in the pursuit of making beautiful music together.  Terry's community outreach extends beyond the classroom walls through community performances.  His nomination was echoed by dozens of former students, parents, teacher colleagues, and community members whose lives he has touched and whose minds he has opened. 


WinstonNet provides invaluable local leadership on a broad range of issues related to technology in our community, including its work to close the "digital-divide" by ensuring that all Forsyth County residents have affordable and convenient Internet access and training opportunities in free computer labs.  It has also created strong connections between local universities, community colleges, the school system, governmental agencies, and nonprofits. WinstonNet is building social capital by bridging the technology gap, and by offering life-changing interactions among individuals unlikely to exist without the physical labs and online access.

is Forsyth County Public Library’s book club for men. Members are encouraged to share their own literary finds, thoughts on current events, and personal stories. They range from recent high school graduates to retirees and from the unemployed to businessmen – resulting in close, trusting relationships and bridging social capital among this diverse group of community members.
 
 
 


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