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Daly City Honors Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2004
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Jane Chambers, Assistant City Manager (650) 991-8127
Gina Javier, Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator
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DALY CITY HONORS VOLUNTEERS

Daly City
– More than 100 of Daly City’s “everyday heroes” were in attendance when Mayor Sal Torres and the City Council awarded this year’s most outstanding individuals, event sponsors and service organizations at the July 26 city council meeting.

“We salute our everyday heroes in Daly City, our volunteers,” Mayor Torres declared last Monday night. The council presentation was preceded by Daly City’s 7th annual Volunteers Awards and Appreciation reception held at City Hall.

Clean Community Committee’s Rick Crump, a long-time member of the all-volunteer team that keeps Daly City neighborhoods well groomed, received the Most Outstanding Volunteer of the year award. He logged 333 hours last year, working in City Hall on Friday mornings.

Sixteen-year-old Emily Sun of the Volunteers in Daly City program was named the Most Outstanding Student Volunteer. The Mercy High School 11th-grader worked 211 hours last summer in the Kids Kamp at the Parks and Recreation Department. Her site supervisor described her as “an excellent model for the campers” and positively cited “her attitude, her initiative and her leadership skills.”

Daly City Public Library’s Richenda Briones earned the Most Outstanding Site Supervisor award for coordinating and mentoring year-round volunteers – most of whom are students – assigned at the four library branches. Briones, the third library staff to win this recognition, was also an effective member of the 2003 Make A Difference Day Event Committee.

Participants of the annual national service day, Make A Difference Day, were also recognized. Among the 200 volunteers, event partners and sponsors who took part last October 25, 2003, three received special commendations.

The First National Bank of Northern California was cited the Most Outstanding Event Sponsor for donating cases of bottled water for volunteers since 2001. Executive Vice President Tony Clifford accepted the award.

For providing dozens of freshly made original glazed donuts for hundreds of Daly City volunteers during the last four years, Krispy Kreme was this year’s Outstanding Corporate Sponsor. Assistant Manager Floyd Johnson received the award.

The Council of Homeowners and Residents Association (COHRA) was named the Most Outstanding Volunteer Group, for organizing and completing Make A Difference Day projects, supervising volunteers, and providing the funds to purchase pick-up sticks used at various clean-up sites. A remarkable increase in membership participation at the annual fall event – from two neighborhood groups in l999 to nine associations in 2003 – also earned COHRA the distinction.

Last year’s Make A Difference Day marked the fifth year Daly City volunteers joined millions of Americans in celebrating the nation’s largest service day.

“Our volunteers do many good things for our community. They clean our parks, neighborhoods and business streets. They educate our residents on preventing kitchen fires. They teach our children how to be safe. Daly City volunteers do all these and more, in about four hours or so,” remarked Councilmember Michael Guingona, who himself has attended all five Daly City Make A Difference Day events.

In recognition of its five-year continuous participation, the Daly City Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) garnered the Most Valuable Volunteer Group in the Special 5th Make A Difference Day category.

Another five-year service award – the Most Valuable Volunteer – was given to Estelle Gobrera, a Daly City employee and also a member of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo). In 1999, Gobrera helped in the “care and feed” of nearly 250 volunteers. As a member of the Event Committee, she continues to take on more responsible positions each year, and has been “indispensable” in coordinating the registration of the event’s largest contingent.

In addition to receiving an engraved plaque with a key to the city, the awardees were given a Certificate of Recognition signed by California Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee.

Three Parks and Recreation Department volunteers, along with the service groups they represent, also received similar certificates from Yee. They are Margaret Boghosian and the Doelger Senior Center Advisory and Planning Council, Hedy Covell and the Lincoln Community Center Advisory and Planning Council, as well as Andrew Borja and the Aquatics Division – Junior Lifeguard Volunteers.

Commendation Certificates from the Daly City – City Council were also issued to volunteers who worked 50 hours or more last year.

Sugar Bowl Bakery received a special mention from Vice Mayor Carol Klatt for treating the volunteers with a sample of its baked goods.

To volunteer, or for more information about the Volunteers in Daly City program, call the City’s Public Information and Volunteer Coordinator at (650) 991-8296.