Honoree 2014 – Mark Kramer

Congrats to Mark Kramer for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Kramer_MarkName:  Mark Kramer

Nominating Organization:  UnitedHealthcare       

Honoree Category:  Health

Why Nominated:  Mark Kramer focuses his whole mind, body and soul into recruiting volunteers to share the joy he feels from helping local community organizations.  One place where he pours his passion for volunteerism is with the Surf City Marathon in support of the Free Wheelchair Mission, an Irvine nonprofit that provides wheelchairs for the impoverished and disabled people in developing nations. Mark has been supporting the Free Wheelchair Mission for the past eight years in various capacities. Another is the American Diabetes Association where last year, he supported the ADA of Orange County’s first Tour de Cure cycling event.  He says, “The enthusiasm and encouragement I give to recruit volunteers makes me happy and is contagious.  It makes my colleagues happy when they join in.  It also makes the community organization very happy because they depend on all of us to help achieve their goals.”

Mark’s exceptional leadership and time management skills have helped him recruit dozens of UnitedHealthcare co-workers to volunteer, support and raise funds for local organizations.  He has participated in local marathons to help raise funds on behalf of Free Wheelchair Mission, and even brought the needs of the nonprofit to UnitedHealthcare and convinced them to recruit volunteers to support this worthy cause.  He also helped recruit volunteers for the 1st Annual American Diabetes Association of Orange County’s Tour de Cure cycling event. Mark’s team helped set up event tables and booths, manage the start and finish line expos and helped raise funds – all while making the experience of volunteering fun for everyone.

“Mark demonstrates a powerful passion for volunteerism,” said Alex Uhm, chief operating officer for UnitedHealthcare of California, and 2014 Co-Chair of the UnitedHealthcare of California Social Responsibility Committee.  “His profound commitment to helping others shines through in his efforts to recruit and serve others. His efforts are making a difference in our community where we live and work, and in the lives of his colleagues at the office.”  His commitment to serving others makes it possible for many to receive much-needed help, spending many of his weekends volunteering his time in the community for a total of up to 50 hours each year.  Mark is an exceptional employee who graciously gives his time and talent to work to improve the overall health and well-being of the people in the local community.  He is a shining example of UnitedHealthcare’s mission to help people live healthier lives and the Spirit of Volunteerism.  His work is greatly appreciated.

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