The Portland, Oregon Office of Neighborhood Involvement, which includes representatives from the Portland City Council, community leaders and neighborhood district coalitions, has selected G.I. Joe’s, Inc. as recipient of the 2004 Spirit of Portland award.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions that have helped to improve the livability of the Portland metropolitan area. Criteria included assisting with community projects, enriching and revitalizing neighborhoods, providing citizens with special services, and demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values.

Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard said, “Were pleased to award G.I. Joe’s with the Spirit of Portland Award, as theyre an organization that epitomizes what it means to be an active corporate citizen and community partner.”

Norm Daniels, President and CEO of G.I. Joe’s, remarked, “Joe’s takes pride in winning the award and wants to thank the Office of Neighborhood Involvement for the work they do to make Portland a better city. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our vendor community who helps us to raise funds for the G.I. Joe’s Foundation, which provides much-needed contributions to many deserving non-profit youth athletic and outdoor organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

To date the Foundation has donated over $205,000 to 90+ projects benefiting over 90,000 kids. Projects include Portland high school athletic field lighting, team uniforms, scouting activities, Police Athletic League programs, and Boys & Girls Clubs.