City - Over 100 volunteers in Daly City were in
attendance at the city council meeting last Monday,
April 23rd, to celebrate National Volunteers Week
and the International Year of Volunteers. Daly
City's top volunteers and major supporters of
the volunteer program were also recognized at
a special awards presentation at the start of
the City Council's regular meeting.
Volunteers in Daly City program, which was
established four years ago with seed monies from
the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, capped
the evening's volunteer awards and appreciation
reception, with the announcement of this year's
in the year-round city program numbered about
100 this year, and logged over 4,000 hours. They
have assisted city departments, such as the Office
of the City Clerk, Serramonte Library, Daly City
Business Center, Finance, Community Services Center,
DCPD, DCFD, the City Manager's Office as well
as the Parks and Recreation Department. City-sponsored
programs like the Anti-Graffiti Committee, the
Clean Community Committee and the Emergency Food
Pantry have also benefited from volunteers.
City volunteers provide this city an invaluable
resource. Because of them, we are able to serve
our citizens that much better," said Mayor
"Outstanding Volunteer of the Year"
award was given to Roberta Altamirano,
for logging 420 hours as a Greeter and Reception
Clerk for the City Clerk's Information Booth in
Altamirano, 64, joined the volunteer program 14
months ago "just to get out of the house".
The semi-retired Daly City resident of 2 ½
years was eager to redefine life after becoming
a widow last year, and found the Volunteers in
Daly City program to be a positive experience.
Ng, a senior at Oceana High School, received
the "Outstanding Student Volunteer of the
year". The 17-year-old accumulated over 260
hours as an Office Assistant for the Community
Information and Volunteer Office as well as one
of Serramonte Library's Computer Lab Monitors.
the "Outstanding Site Supervisor of the Year"
was Lolly Pineda, Serramonte branch's reference
librarian, who for the past year, mentored and
supervised 20 volunteers at the library's new
computer lab. When Serramonte Library received
11 computers last year through the Bill and Melissa
Gates Foundation, it soon became evident that
the staff would need assistance to help residents
use the computers.
high school students, especially during the summer
vacation, was a tremendous boost for us. There
was great community interest in the computers
themselves, and we just didn't have enough personnel
to meet the increased demand. By late summer,
we had at least one volunteer nearly everyday
of the week. The volunteers, mostly students,
have been indispensable," Library Director
Susanna Gilden elaborated.
City Council also recognized the key supporters
of Make A Difference Day 2000 held last October
28. RCN was the recipient of the "Top
Corporate Sponsor" award for its $2000 grant,
which provided lunch for over 500 volunteers at
the annual event, as well as books for 27 children
at Family Crossroads/ Shelter Network, a temporary
housing facility, and Seton Hospital's Neurological
"Most Valuable Volunteer" award went
to two familiar names in the Daly City business
community. Dee Canepa, president of the
Daly City - Colma Chamber of Commerce, was credited
with the successful completion of one of the city's
10 Make A Difference Day projects - visiting 44
seriously ill residents at Seton Medical Center's
ordered the balloons, flowers and birthday cake
celebrating the 10th annual Make A Difference
Day. She and then-Mayor Sal Torres led an enthusiastic
group of about 30 volunteers of all ages, visiting
the patients, room-to-room," noted Gina Javier,
the city's Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator.
Larson, Serramonte Center's General Manager,
(who is also a Councilmember for the City of Millbrae),
also received a "Most Valuable Volunteer"
award, for hosting the morning rally and registration
for the Daly City volunteers last October 28th.
the onset, Linda was enthusiastic about the local
Make A Difference Day project. Without hesitation,
she volunteered to have the mall's huge billboard
advertise the event, and was hands-on in carving
the plans for the Saturday morning event,"
"Most Outstanding Volunteer Group" Award
was given to the Daly City Church of Christ
congregation, whose nearly 300 members fueled
the completion of eight of the ten projects, despite
the threat of rain.
Bayshore and Westlake to Westmoor Park, volunteers
from the Daly City Church of Christ blanketed
the city, and were determined to complete the
assigned projects, in spite of the wind, light
showers and eventual heavy rain," explained
honored Monday night at the award presentation
which preceded the council meeting, were seven
members of the Parks and Recreation Department's
volunteer corps. Reaching the Gold Circle with
over 300 hours of community service the past year
were Bob and Tere Massey, Elsa and Max Ramos,
and Elinor Charleston. Volunteen's Winnie Yong
Yi Xe and Unity 2000 volunteer Richard Roberts
were also acknowledged.
Chief Robert O'Donnell recognized Steve Besozzi,
one of the department's year-round volunteers
who made the Bronze Circle with over 50 volunteer
DCPD volunteer groups - the Police Explorers,
Post 817 and the Daly City Amateur Radio Emergency
Services - received commendations for their efforts.
City Council of Daly City, in signed certificates,
also commended the following participants of the
Volunteers in Daly City program:
Circle (over 300 service hours): Roberta Altamirano
and Paula Thomas.
Circle (over 100 service hours): Clean Community
Committee volunteers Joseph Hession, Gloria Ann
Jones, Vaughn Jones, Don Riker and Mike Sims;
Anti-Graffiti Committee members Bob Murray, Ray
and Sharon Keenan; and City Manager's Office volunteers
Elvin Ng and Sona Lim.
Circle (over 50 service hours): Jennifer Alama,
Maximillian Bacon, Roselyn Barillo, Ingrid Espinosa,
Maelynn Hann, Sanda Win Lo, Alan Montemayor, John
Pang and Wendy Tin.
this the International Year of Volunteers as well
as the National Volunteer Week, Daly City joins
cities and nations worldwide in saluting those
who unselfishly give their time for the betterment
of their community. The difference they make in
improving the lives of others is immeasurable,
and for that, we thank them all," Mayor Klatt
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Daly City Mayor Carol Klatt (left) presented
Roberta Altamirano the "Outstanding
Volunteer of the Year" award at Monday night's
city council meeting.
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Daly City Councilmember Madolyn Agrimonti (right)
presented RCN Government Affairs Manager Travis
Kiyota the "Top Corporate Sponsor"
award, while RCN Marketing Coordinator Pauline
Kalil and City Manager John Martin
(far left) look on.
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Doelger Senior Center Supervisor Sue Horst
(left) recognized Elsa and Max Ramos,
two of the top volunteers in Daly City's Parks
and Recreation Department, with a commendation