Volunteers Honored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2001
Press Contact: Patricia E. Martel, Assistant City Manager
or Gina Javier, Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator
(650) 991-8127
(650) 991-8296
DALY CITY HONORS VOLUNTEERS
Over 6,000 Hours Logged By Volunteers

Daly 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.

The 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 best.

Volunteers 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.

"Daly City volunteers provide this city an invaluable resource. Because of them, we are able to serve our citizens that much better," said Mayor Carol Klatt.

The "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 city hall. 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.

Elvin 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.

Cited 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.

"Utilizing 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.

The 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 Ward.

The "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 4th floor.

"Dee 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.

Linda 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.

"From 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," stated Javier.

The "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.

"From 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 Mayor Klatt.

Also 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.

Fire Chief Robert O'Donnell recognized Steve Besozzi, one of the department's year-round volunteers who made the Bronze Circle with over 50 volunteer hours,

Two DCPD volunteer groups - the Police Explorers, Post 817 and the Daly City Amateur Radio Emergency Services - received commendations for their efforts.

The City Council of Daly City, in signed certificates, also commended the following participants of the Volunteers in Daly City program:

Gold Circle (over 300 service hours): Roberta Altamirano and Paula Thomas.

Silver 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.

Bronze 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.

"In 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 said.

To volunteer, or for more information about the Volunteers in Daly City program, call
(650) 991-8296.

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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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Photo Caption:
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 certificate.