On Oct. 27, the Bank of America awarded their Neighborhood Builder’s Award to Neighborhood House, an organization that aims to alleviate poverty in our housing and general communities in Seattle and King County. This award comes with $200,000 in general agency support. Mark Okazaki, the Executive Director, commented to the IE, “We are honored to be recognized for our work. In today’s economic climate there is much that needs to be done to make sure that the most vulnerable in our community do not slip farther into despair.” Thomas Kobayashi won the Local Hero award from Bank of America. Kobayashi has been a volunteer with St. Vincent De Paul for 73 years. He’s 93 now. He received $5,000 to donate to any organization.