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2012 L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree

NextStep Recycling is pleased to announce that its founder, Lorraine Kerwood LMSW, has been honored as a 21012 Woman of Worth by L’Orèal Paris for her work with NextStep, an organization that provides technology literacy and job and social skillstraining to persons with disabilities and other marginalized populations. Lorraine is one of ten honorees from across the country who will be recognized for her dedication to community engagement and the protection of our environment from toxic materials.


Lane County Commissioners Nonprofit Trash Buster of the Year

NextStep was awarded the Lane County Commissioners Nonprofit Trash Buster of the Year Award for Environmental Efforts.

Lane County Commissioners Individual Trash Busters Award for Environmental Efforts

Presented to Rick Tromel, NextStep Recycling Volunteer and Master Recycler

Eugene Weekly Best of Eugene Award

The Community voted and NextStep was chosen the Most Environmentally Friendly Business at the Best of Eugene Awards held at the McDonald Theatre Oct 24, 2009. Mayor Kitty Piercy and Jaculynn Peterson from gave the award to Lorraine Kerwood, Executive Director.

Register Guard Readers Choice Award for Most Environmentally Friendly Business

28,000 community members voted and selected NextStep Recycling the 2009 Readers' Choice Awards Most Environmentally Friendly Business!

Thank you for your votes of confidence!

Bohemian Foundation E-Acheivement Award

Executive Director, Lorraine Kerwood, received the Bohemian Foundation E-Acheivement Award. Bohemian Foundation is a private family foundation that works to create imaginative ways to connect fellow citizens and organizations to make the community a better place to live.

About the E-Chievement Award
eTown listeners from around the country send in nominations of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond. From massive river clean-ups to programs that help the homeless, from neighborhood activists to national and international social and environmental organizations, eTown takes pride in celebrating the success stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things. To learn more about the E-Chievement Award, visit

About eTown
Founded in 1991, eTown is a nationally-syndicated radio show heard 52 weeks a year on over 270 public, community and commercial stations across North America and via free podcast. eTown is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience, and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as thought-provoking interviews and the presentation of the listener-nominated E-Chievement Award recognizing everyday people who have made a difference in their community or beyond. Founders Nick Forster, of the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize fame, and his wife, singer/actress Helen Forster host the show.

eTown is a community builder. By featuring diverse music and interviews, eTown creates a constantly expanding "community on the air." Through the inspiring E-Chievement Awards, listeners all over the country are reminded that individual efforts really do make a difference.


Employee of the Year, Lane Community College Cooperative Education Programs

NextStep Recycling was recognized as the 2008 Employee of the Year by the Lane Community College Cooperative Education programs. Our Executive Director, Lorraine Kerwood, spoke about how she was a product of Lane herself, and how she used Lane training to grow her intentionally-recognized not-for-profit corporation and to obtain Cooperative Education employees such as joseph Clark who graduated from Lane's Computer Information Technology program.

Volvo for Life American Home Town Hero Award for the Environment

Lorraine Kerwood was selected as one of three extraordinary heroes to receive $100,000 for her work to improve the environment. The Volvo for Life Award is given to Kerwood for exemplary work, done through the creation of Eugene Oregon based NextStep Recycling non-profit, in support of both the environment and a broad spectrum of underserved communities.

Lane Community College Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded to Lorraine Kerwood, founder and director of NextStep Recycling, a nonprofit that not only recycles computers and electronic equipment, but also distributes rebuilt computers locally and abroad. Started at Lane in 1987 taking adult education classes, then college credit classes, participated in the Transitions to Sucsess program for women. Received a bachelor's degreee from the University of Oregon then enrolled in Lane's Nonprofit Management program in the Business Development Center, where she remains a client. Provides training, internships, and even employment to Lane students at NextStep's West Eugene headquarters. Serves on Lane's Computer Information Advisory Committee.

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