Honoree 2014 – Kevin Rosas

Congrats to Kevin Rosas for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

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Nominating Organization:  Culverdale Elementary School

Honoree Category:  Education

Why Nominated:  Kevin Rosas is currently a One OC member serving at Culverdale Elementary School.  From the moment we met Kevin in his interview, we could tell he had a lot of energy, passion, and ideas.  In the past 6 months, we’ve seen him use those talents to enhance opportunities for our students.  Kevin genuinely cares for the kids at Culverdale.  He not only has coordinated a schedule that provides students with opportunities for after school enrichment and mentoring 3 days a week, he actively seeks out students who need a mentor during the day.  He can be found helping students with their writing, math, and reading at all times of the day while being sure to sneak in a game of basketball or handball to build his “street cred.”

Kevin is always willing to lend a hand.  Whether it’s painting posters with the PTA, maintaining our First In Math incentive wall, supporting the office, donning the Koala mascot suit, or “saving lives ” while helping with parking lot duty, Kevin is a visible presence on our campus. This relationship building has endeared him to the Culverdale staff, parents, and most importantly, children.  Thank you Kevin for your hard work, and we look forward to the amazing support you will provide a we move forward.


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Honoree 2014 – Cindy Carter

Congrats to Cindy Carter for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Carter_CindyName: Cindy Carter

Nominating Organization:  QBE Financial Partner Services

Honoree Category:  Corporate

Why Nominated:  QBE has a long history of philanthropic endeavors with many partners in Orange County, CA, and around the country. Our team nomination and these individuals define the very best in Orange County by giving enthusiastically, selflessly, financially and most preciously – our time and leadership.

Some of the charities supported in deed and through our QBE Foundation in 2013 were: Blind Children’s Learning Center, Women Helping Women, Children’s Bureau of Southern California, Boys and Girls Clubs, Vital Link, Second Harvest Food Bank, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Ronald McDonald House, High Tech High Foundation, Working Wardrobes, Goodwill Industries, Muscular Dystrophy, Wounded Warriors and SeniorServ.

Proud to support OneOC and the Spirit of Volunteerism!

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Honoree Team 2014 – College Readiness Volunteers

Congrats to College Readiness Volunteers for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!

TEAM_PIMCO's College Readiness VolunteersTeam Name:  College Readiness Volunteers

Team Members:  Dan  Hwang, Allison Chiu, Shang Chou, Michael DeSouza, Jordan Dudeck, Terrence Ing, Chris Jones, Sung Kim, Kyle  McCarthy, Peter Preston, Paul Yurashevich

Nominating Organization:  PIMCO

Honoree Category:  Education

Why Nominated:  This group, launched in the fall of 2013 by Dan Hwang, a Product Management associate, visited NOVA Academy in Santa Ana to work with high school seniors applying to college. Dan and team put together a five week program to review the students’ resumes, personal statements, essays and letters of recommendation. On the final class date, the students came to PIMCO’s global headquarters to hear from an executive vice president and portfolio manager on the importance of going to college – and graduating from college! Dan’s College Readiness program will be expanding next fall, as we realize the added value, expertise and insight our PIMCO volunteers can share with high school seniors.

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Honoree Team 2014 – Team Beckman Coulter

Congrats to Team Beckman Coulter for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!

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Team Members:  Patricia Bruno, Denise De Risio, Joyce Douglas, Peter Droog, Sharon Ead-Muise, Lorrie Emis, Kathy Hutchins, Michael Nedrow, and Marci Raudez

Nominating Organization: Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Honoree Category:  Corporate

Why Nominated:  It takes a team to make volunteerism possible and Team Beckman Coulter’s dedicated team captains truly embody the spirit of volunteerism.  They are an inspiration that allows us to connect with and shape our local community.  Their enthusiasm and commitment toward helping others is nothing less than contagious.  It is with great admiration that we acknowledge the service of our team captains in honor of the 38th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.

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Honoree Team 2014 – YAS Tuesday Team

Congrats to YAS Tuesday Team for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!

TEAM_YAS Tuesday TeamTeam Name:  YAS Tuesday Team

Team Members:  Jerry  Saldivar, Marion Conte, Marge Moniz, Hodge Moore, Albert  Guerra, Jeff Barker, Caleb  Hensley, Mr.  Nygun, Mrs. Nygun, Rosie Crois, Bryan Crois, Steve Chen, Wendy Chen, Maggie

Nominating Organization:  You Are Special Food Pantry and Outreach

Honoree Category:  Human & Community

Why Nominated:  My husband has been battling stage 4 cancer, malignant melanoma to the bones, brain, liver, pancreas, and now the lungs. This team has been there to support me through these difficult last 18 months of chemo, hospital visits, surgeries and sicknesses. They are there every week making sure everything is in place for the actual pantry food give out that we have on Wednesday’s. They are there for fundraisers, stay late, clean the refrigerators, clean the floors, help repair things, show up very early for the food line and pass out bags on the Wednesday too. My husband Eric has been the greatest volunteer. While I was working on this building this program, even when very sick, he would show up and set up the line and talk to those clients that showed up at 5am. He has mopped floors, repaired items, unloaded trucks, driven when our drivers were out. You name it, he does it. I want to sincerely thank this team for the over and above work they do without any compensation but truly to give out a cup of cold water. I would love to recognize them and their hard work or we would not exist.

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Honoree Team 2014 – Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum

Congrats to Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!

TEAM_Friends of the ArboretumTeam Name:  Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum

Team Members:  Jack Reynolds, Mary Dalessi – Immediate Past President , Steve  Eldredge – Vice President, Finance, Pat Del Giorgio Florentine – Vice President, Membership, RJ Stager – Treasurer, Jetta Miles – Secretary, Dick Foster – President Elect

Nominating Organization:  California State University, Fullerton – Arboretum

Honoree Category:  Education

Why Nominated:  Nonprofit Mission: Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum support the 26-acre botanical garden located on the northeast corner of Cal State Fullerton. The “Friends” coordinate the work of the many volunteers needed to maintain the gardens, programs and events. Their mission is to provide visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through the many collections at the Fullerton Arboretum.

In FY12/13 over 21,123 hours were donated in volunteer hours by the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum. Their signature program is the Children’s Environmental Education Program (CEEP) was originally developed by volunteers with guidance from Arboretum Education Director.  The program is now in its’ 10th year and reaches more than 4,000 3rd grade students annually.

The commission formalized the Friends as a non- profit corporation, establishing a license and support agreement in 1982. Friends took on the tasks of fund-raising, education, gift shop sales and operations. Quickly the Friends began plant sales and other efforts. Among the new tasks of the organization was creation of a public relations program for the Arboretum.

Starting in 1974, community leaders considered staging a plant show as a fund-raising activity for the future arboretum. This spring event is now the Green Scene Garden Show, a premier garden event in Southern California. Each April the Arboretum is turned into an impressive presentation of plants for sale by the Friends’ Potters, dozens of exhibitors and local garden clubs offering specialty plants for sale. A two-day event, Green Scene is one of the principal fund-raising efforts of the Friends and an attraction bringing many return visitors and financial support to the Arboretum each year.

Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum support the gardens through membership dues, fund-raising events and volunteers. In 2003, Friends membership grew to 1800 with representation from the cities of North Orange County, the farther reaches of California and greater distances outside of California. The Arboretum relies on membership contributions at various levels, volunteers and private donations to maintain operations and to fulfill its mission.

As members of the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum, they seek out the volunteer needs and fulfill them with their time and expertise. From the coordination of the treasured community annual events to the assistance in the unique botanical collections, this only begins to summarize the countless efforts these “Friends” contribute through their volunteerism. With membership to the Friends of the Fullerton Arboretum at a high, the 20,000+ hours volunteered to the Arboretum annually, is without a doubt the heartbeat of the garden. Some volunteers have been serving since the garden opened in 1979.  Now even the adult children of the volunteers serve as active volunteers – a second generation who carry on the torch. Each volunteer oversees their work with expertise, skill, and more importantly passion. Through 4 decades of time and hard work the volunteers have turned the Arboretum into an educational playground, a living laboratory, and a gem within the Orange County community.

About the Fullerton Arboretum:

The mission of the Fullerton Arboretum is to provide our visitors the opportunity to gain knowledge and appreciation of the plant world through collections that preserve and promote stewardship of worldwide plant diversity and regional agricultural heritage. Serve faculty, students and the broader community through education and scholarly activities.

The Arboretum, located on 26 acres adjacent to the North border of the CSU Fullerton campus, is an important university and community resource.  The collection includes plant species that are endangered or extinct in their native habitats, and the grounds encompass a historic building, a museum, community gardens, and event spaces available for rental by the community.

The Arboretum hosts numerous educational programs for K-12 students throughout the year, including Saturday programming in the Children’s Garden, Community Outreach Education in partnership with the Archaeological arm of the Cooper Center, and Rotary-sponsored local history programs.

In addition, the Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom and research space for university Biology classes, graduate research projects, and the popular community program U-ACRE.


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Honoree Team 2014 – Making a Difference

Congrats to Making a Difference for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!

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Team Members:  Celeste Rothstein, Jane Ayres, Paula Banks, Peter Brown, Rich Crafton, Paul Diniakos, Allie Dulaney, Linda Ellison, Andrea Ingrassia, Penny Madden, Yule Park, and Nissa Raheem

Nominating Organization:  Senn Delaney

Honoree Category:  Corporate

Why Nominated:  The Making a Difference community service team at Senn Delaney is a living example of why all organizations should engage in community service: the team has made a positive impact on lives in Orange County and around the world – and has raised morale and inspired teamwork within Senn Delaney!

In 2013 alone, this team donated thousands of dollars for both local, national and international charities. They have sponsored activities like a “Bowling for Boston” event to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. They have participated in activities like a 5k/10k run and adopted a family for the holidays through Orange County’s Share Our Selves. They collected food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and donated gently-worn professional clothing to Clothes the Deal in an effort to help those in need look and feel successful while searching for employment.

Through it all, they have been a role model of an engaged, highly-effective team, inspiring others at Senn Delaney to make a difference in their own communities around the world.

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