Cindy Davis said she will retire in April after nearly three decades as an essential services coordinator for Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA).
“She was ORCCA in Curry County,” ORCCA Development Director Sara Stephens said. “She embodied all we strive to do.”
People just knew to go to her, Stephens added, and she would get them the resources they needed.
Bethany Weathersby said she met Davis when she and one of her sons became friends in high school, and then they became friends as well.
“I've never known in her in a professional capacity,” she said, “but she is just as an amazing woman.”
Davis was working for Oregon Coast Community Action when they met, according to Weathersby, who noted it may have been called simply Community Action back then.
“She's led the charge in the Brookings’ office for quite some time,” she said.
ORCCA’s Beth Barker-Hidalgo called Davis a walking resource guide in Brookings and Curry County.
“We will miss her dearly as she is typically the ‘go-to’ when all else fails,” she added. “I wish for Cindy to enjoy her time with her family and peace during her retirement.”
Stephens noted Davis took on tasks to help the community outside of her job, doing things such as helping to provide new bikes for every child in the Head Start program.
The bikes were provided by Curry Transfer and Recycling, according to Davis, and she also cited the Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative and the Presbyterian Church for their help over the years.
Davis coordinated the local Giving Tree to make sure every child in Head Start and others received gifts over the holidays, according to Stephens.
Davis said people applied for the gifts at ORCCA, tags would go out to community trees and then she worked with the Elks and Toys for Tots to supply food boxes and gifts.
“She often worked behind the scenes and let others take credit,” Stephens said. “She was compassionate and always willing; she just did it.”
Stephens called her a “silent leader” because she did what was necessary to help others, and people around her learned to be better people by following her example.
Davis said she was leaving the area to help her elderly parents and was unsure about how to handle retirement.
“It will be nice to just decide what I do with my time,” she said. “And I am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends in Medford where I grew up.”
Davis noted there were plenty of opportunities there for her to volunteer and help another community.
“Working for Community Action was awesome,” she said. “The best was learning how to help people and then helping the clients, and just the clients.”
Davis started at ORCCA working for experience without pay and later was hired. She said the agency hires people they originally trained or offered work experience and pointed to that process as one of its strengths.
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