Annual volunteer recognition luncheon held by Volunteer Center of Napa Valleyu honoring 32 local volunteers.
(PRWEB) September 17, 2005 -- his years annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Napa Valley and MassMutual, held at the Boys and Girls Club of Napa, honored 32 special volunteers for their dedicated service to the community, helping to improve the quality of life for those in need.
Together we make our community stronger, safer, healthier and more caring. This is our opportunity to acknowledge the very special people who change our community for the better every single day. Executive Director, Caryl Hallberg stated.
This event is held during the annual Week of Caring. Week of Caring is a longstanding partnership each year between United Way of the Bay Area and The Volunteer Centers of the Bay Area. Week of Caring connects volunteers from Bay Area businesses to hundreds of projects organized by local nonprofits.
Volunteer Center of Napa Valley Board President, Gary Lieberstein was Master of Ceremonies. Napa County Superintendent of Schools, Barbara Nemko and Scouts from Troops 2, 86, and Webelos Troop 183 Den 1, led the flag ceremony. First Squeeze Deli and Juice Bar catered the wonderful lunch.
The Napa Valley Register was proud to sponsor this years winner of the Corporate Sector Outstanding Community Service Award and honored Joe Peatman of Downtown Joes.
Peatman thought he was at the luncheon as a guest speaker, and had no idea he was being honored. His commitment to the community is seen at almost every silent auction or fundraiser where he donates gift certificates, as well as the numerous events he hosts at the restaurant. Peatman opened Downtown Joes 11 years ago, and has been actively supporting local non-profits, service clubs, schools, needy community members, disaster aid, police and firefighters, the list goes on and on. Just a few of the groups benefiting from Peatman and Downtown Joes include: Project Grad Nite, Cope Family Center, Kiwanis, Rotary, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Dreamweavers Theatre, AIDS Foundation, Napa High School, Vintage High School, and many others.
MassMutual, in reinforcing its motto, We Serve, announced this years Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Thomas Doyle for his work with Napa Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
Doyle was nominated for his many years of service as an ombudsman in skilled nursing facilities visiting numerous times each week to ensure that the frail elderly have a concerned person to help them. He works with residents, families, and staff members to resolve complaints and concerns. He is well respected, warm and compassionate, and cheers up any room according to Elizabeth Mautner of the Napa LTC Ombudsman Program. Tom is retiring from his volunteer service after 12 years.
This years Outstanding Youth Award, sponsored by Dr. Mary Fran Rocca of Rocca Family Vineyards was presented to Hillary Smith.
Smith is a teen who offered to volunteer at Cope Family Center to tutor younger children. She also wanted to connect other teens to volunteer opportunities. Smith was matched as a math tutor with a younger girl who was struggling with school. Smiths influence on the younger girl resulted in much more than just better math scores. Her new little sister gained self confidence, felt more comfortable in school, was able to enjoy new experiences, and her overall school performance showed a marked improvement thanks to Smiths volunteer efforts.
The Barbara and Dr. John Poort Award, sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Napa Valleys Board of Directors in honor of founding member Barbara Poort and her husband, was awarded to Volunteer Center CASA volunteer, Candice Farris.
Farris has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) since 1997, and advocates for children in the dependency system who have been abused and/or neglected by their parents or caregivers. A CASA is a voice for the child, one person who works with the system to ensure that the child receives necessary services, schooling, and a safe and permanent home. Farris goes above the normal expectations of a CASA, helping kids get involved in activities and sports, is a role model, a mediator, and helps them change their view of the world around them, often working through many hostile situations. She does all this while holding down a full time job at the Doctors Company.
The following outstanding community volunteers were recognized for their contributions and received certificates from Senator Wesley Chesbros office and the Volunteer Center:
Juan Alvarez, Napa State Hospital; Judy Andrich, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; Harvey Bantz, Senior Services of the Volunteer Center; Carol Black, Senior Services of the Volunteer Center; Stephanie Bueno, St. Helena Hospital Volunteer Services; Karen Burmeister, Community Resources for Children; Dr. Erica Conway, Child Start Inc.; Selina Corro, CyberMill ClubHouse; Lisa Eichler Crump, Child Abuse Prevention Council; Lisa Daugherty, Cope Family Center; Sandy Franco, Family Service of Napa Valley; Ralph Giannini, LifeWorks Childrens Ranch; Jean Elizabeth Griffin, Napa Infant Preschool Program; Joyce Hangman, Mollys Angels; Anthony Hayden, The American Institute of Wine & Food; Venus Hayes, Adult Day Services of Napa Valley; Revelee Hemken, St. Helena Hospital Volunteer Services; Maria Estela Hernandez, Napa Valley Community Housing; Dawn King, CASA of the Volunteer Center; Katie Koford, Cope Family Center; Sheri McNamare, Senior Services of the Volunteer Center; Pat Paris, Senior Services, Napa Elder Abuse Project, and Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) of the Volunteer Center of Napa Valley; Elaine Regalia, Adult Day Services of Napa Valley; Jane Rhoades, Senior Services of the Volunteer Center; Edie Schwartz, Aldea Childrens Art Therapy Program; Laura Stark, LifeWorks Childrens Ranch; Pat Wells, Cope Family Center; and Aleene Wilke, Senior Services of the Volunteer Center.