RELEASE: Detroiters to be recognized with Power of One Dedicated Woman Awards

Detroiters to be recognized with Power of One Dedicated Woman Awards

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DETROIT, August 18, 2020 – For the sixth year, Michigan Community Resources (MCR) will honor six women with The Power of One Dedicated Woman Award which recognizes unsung leaders who make a difference in Detroit communities. This year’s honorees were selected from 47 women nominated who serve a variety of community needs in all neighborhoods of the city.

This year’s honorees are: Claudia Enriquez, Southwest Detroit; Yvonne Gibbs, Forrer Community Block Club Association, Inc.; Theresa Landrum, Southwest Detroit; Jasmine Mahone, Brilliant Detroit Osborn; Joyce Moore, Virginia Park Community Coalition; and Sandra White, Hope Village Revitalization. Samoy Smith will also be honored for her legacy serving Creating Space Detroit and the Bagley community.

“We try to bring attention to women that make a difference in their communities, but often fly under the radar,” said MCR program manager Amber Umscheid. “Our honorees and nominees are so humble, and though they have undoubtedly made an impact, most of them are quick to acknowledge that they could not do this work alone.”

Honorees are chosen by a diverse review committee of supporters, past award winners and community members. Event founder and visionary Dotti Sharp also takes a leadership role.

“I’m grateful we were able to host another year of awards under the current circumstances,” Sharp said. “When you’re doing community work, you often feel like you’re out there alone. It’s important for us to create opportunities for these women to connect with one another and build long-term relationships where they can support one another in their community work.”

Michigan Community Resources has hosted this event in partnership with Sharp since 2015, making The Power of One Dedicated Woman a highly regarded award for women community leaders recognized across the nonprofit sector and Southeast Michigan. In addition to recognition and prizes, honorees receive coaching and technical assistance to support them in continuing to see their community visions realized.

“We considered cancelling this year’s awards because of the pandemic,” said MCR CEO Shamyle Dobbs. “But we decided it was important to these women and to our broader community to continue the tradition. Each of these women has continued to find creative solutions to community problems despite the pandemic, and the world needs to hear their stories.”

People can learn more about each honoree in an MCR video series highlighting each woman and their work, motivations and visions for their communities. The videos will be released weekly on MCR’s Facebook page leading up to the virtual event on Sept. 22. People can donate to support the honorees and their work through a crowdfunding campaign hosted by MCR partner ioby.

Sponsors for the event include Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Southwest Solutions, H.O.P.E. in Detroit and Pedja Stojicic, M.D. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be secured by contacting Amber Umscheid at

Tune in to the live celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on MCR’s Facebook page.


About Michigan Community Resources
Michigan Community Resources advances the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals and communities through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organizational development, and trusted guidance. We envision strong Michigan communities built on strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network.

Each year, MCR serves 400 nonprofit organizations across all programs. In turn, each organization serves countless others as they deliver on their missions. Learn more at

Photo of Samoy Smith courtesy of Nick Hagen for Model D Media