Posted on October 13, 2021 by Sonoma Valley Solar
At a reception Sunday afternoon on the Hanna Boys Middle, the Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund acknowledged 9 organizations which have courageously and persistently responded to the ever-changing wants of these most impacted. Particular person volunteers have been additionally celebrated
Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Sonoma Valley
In spring 2020, when the pandemic compelled the native colleges to abruptly shut, Boys & Ladies Membership of Sonoma Valley (BGCSV) turned on a dime to create dozens of studying pods to assist a whole lot of scholars keep safely engaged at school and on observe. BGCSV created a completely new service construction centered on the wellbeing and security of the children and their households whereas assembly continually altering CDC pointers. Nobody knew precisely find out how to do it, however they by no means gave up attempting to determine find out how to do it higher.
Meals for All/Comida Para Todos
The pandemic precipitated gaping holes in entry to fundamental providers for probably the most susceptible within the Springs neighborhoods, so a gaggle of neighbors stepped up and fashioned Meals for All/Comida para Todos to make bi weekly porch deliveries of important meals gadgets to over 100 households every week. This all-volunteer group has grown to be a trusted native service supplier, having served over 900 distinctive households and accomplished over 3000 porch deliveries, in addition to supplied over 150 emergency COVID meals baskets.
Buddies in Sonoma Serving to (F.I.S.H.)
In 2020, Buddies in Sonoma Serving to, an all-volunteer group, did a rare job distributing over $910,000 of rental and utility help funds to 1,156 native households who misplaced their common earnings and wanted additional assist. Regardless of this being 5 occasions their regular caseload, they effectively processed purposes for help for hire and utilities with grace and dignity for the households in want.
La Luz Middle
In the course of the pandemic, the La Luz Middle not solely continued to succeed in out to assist these most in want, however most importantly, they stepped as much as associate with native well being companies to coordinate and supply ongoing, culturally welcoming vaccine clinics, enormously serving to a whole lot of individuals get vaccinated.
Sonoma In a single day Assist
Beginning in March of 2020, Sonoma In a single day Assist (SOS) shortly shifted to extend their meals program to present a whole lot of heat, wholesome meals day by day to the homeless and housing insecure by shifting to the Springs Corridor. SOS continued to pivot to offer important providers reminiscent of a bi-lingual useful resource specialist for his or her Spanish talking purchasers (now 43%), housing placement, protected parking, entry to vaccine clinics and in-home meal deliveries for home-bound seniors within the Springs.
Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
When the world shut down, the economic system took a dramatic nostril dive. The Valley’s Chamber launched day by day and then weekly zoom calls to coordinate the native enterprise response, share data and advocate to public officers. Particular packages included protected reopening kits provided to 100 companies without cost, signage and certification protocols for reopening, assist to town on parklets and to Rotary on the Catalyst-Rotary grant program, a particular web site to help vacation reward gross sales, a job posting board to help in hiring, and way more. When neighborhood leaders gathered to resolve the ever-changing issues, the Chamber was at all times on the desk.
Sonoma Valley Group Well being Middle
For the reason that starting of the pandemic, Sonoma Valley Group Well being Middle’s management exhibited creativity, flexibility, willpower and hands-on practicality to beat hurdle after hurdle to offer straightforward entry to testing, clear well being data for all, and at last, vaccinations. Regardless of numerous modifications in protocols, funding necessities and staffing wants, they bravely leaned-in and stored asking: how can we attain out and assist extra individuals?
Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance
Sonoma’s signature business obtained spectacular and artistic management from SVVGA, which supplied a custom-made hub of assets, advocacy and help – a complement to the assistance the Chamber was offering. The vintners and their workers acquired day by day data on navigating the impacts of the disaster via many channels. A number of new advertising automobiles have been launched, as gross sales and visits modified constantly. Covid testing was promoted. Then, in January 2021, SVVGA deliberate and established particular vaccination clinics, leading to greater than 4,000 ag, wine and hospitality workers getting their photographs early within the course of.
Sonoma’s senior heart was closed to the general public for 18 months. Just about every little thing they did needed to change, as the middle labored to offer help of many sorts to older residents enduring isolation. Communal meals grew to become meal supply and curbside pickup, and demand grew steadily peaking at 500 meals a day. Seniors discovered to depend on day by day check-in calls, grocery purchasing, prescription supply and on-line programming. Reopening has required yet one more pivot, to a mix of previous and new approaches. The programming pivots proceed, full with a management transition.
10,000 Levels – Marty Stein
Marty Stein is likely one of the kindest, most beneficiant individuals you might ever meet. As a member of 10,000 Levels Sonoma Advisory Board Marty, collectively together with his spouse Marlene, is a devoted champion for college kids from low-income backgrounds who aspire to go to varsity. Their dwelling at Yoffi Farm, sitting excessive on Sonoma Mountain, displays Marty’s and Marlene’s lofty imaginative and prescient and generosity of spirit, as they share it with numerous rescue animals, together with alpaca, goats, and miniature donkeys; and they’re at all times prepared to open it to visitors and host occasions that profit the neighborhood.
10,000 Levels – Steve Web page
As a key member of 10,000 Levels’ Sonoma County Advisory Board with deep connections in Sonoma Valley, Steve works tirelessly to assist us elevate funds and join us to the neighborhood so we are able to help extra Sonoma Valley college students from low-income backgrounds to enter and full faculty. After retiring final fall from practically three a long time on the helm of Sonoma Raceway, Steve continues to have interaction in volunteer work on behalf of our youth, and we’re so grateful.
Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Sonoma Valley – Selma Blanusa
Selma has served because the Chair of our Funding Committee since 2016. She volunteered to serve on this capability, generously donating her time and abilities to guard and develop our endowment. She leads quarterly evaluations with advisors, actively questions funding allocations and is dedicated to serving to make sure the monetary sustainability of the Membership. Selma has been a long-time donor and supporter of our packages. She is likely one of the Membership’s strongest advocates and cares deeply concerning the mission, the kids served, and the workers. The BGC Board of Administrators and workers are grateful for Selma’s selfless management, her simple experience in her area, and her years of dedication to the group.
Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Sonoma Valley / Teen Companies – Joelle Smith
A volunteer with Teen Companies Sonoma since 2018, Joelle has helped teenagers discover the clothes and confidence they want to safe their first jobs. Able to Work helps native teenagers with the arduous and gentle expertise they should safe employment and simply earlier than the top of this system, Joelle graciously lends her expertise and expertise to assist teenagers discover the proper clothes to pair with their newly polished resumes. Surely, Joelle’s presents to the teenagers with whom she has labored will serve them for years to come back as they advance additional and additional of their careers. Teen Companies & Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of Sonoma Valley is thrilled to have a good time Joelle Smith and honored to associate together with her in service of Sonoma Valley teenagers.
CarePartners Initiative – Invoice O’Neal
The Board of CarePartners Initiative is happy to honor Mr. Invoice O’Neal because the 2020 Volunteer of the Yr with the 2020 STAR AWARD from the Sonoma Valley Fund. This award is in recognition of Invoice’s dedication to the objectives of CarePartners Initiative, compassion for households residing with reminiscence loss, and for his advertising experience that created a superb web site and efficient communications supplies.
Meals For All / Comida Para Todos – Katherine Fonseca
Katherine is a current Sonoma Valley Excessive College graduate and this fall is attending the College of California, Davis. Kati was unanimously chosen by the Meals for All management as our Star Volunteer. She confirmed up in the future at our FFA distribution and requested if she may assist and has been there each time. She is a rare younger one who provides up her Saturday mornings to feed individuals. She has the power and may do the work of 5 individuals. She is dedicated to her neighborhood and demonstrates that in all her actions. Kati is an exemplary human and we congratulate her excellence and are very excited to observe her future success.
Buddies in Sonoma Serving to (FISH) – Ligia Booker
FISH is an all-volunteer group that because the pandemic has supplied over 1,000 households rental help. A lot of these requests got here from individuals who have been fully Spanish-speaking. In April 2020, with new pandemic restrictions, FISH discovered itself with out a Spanish-speaking volunteer. When our dilemma was shared with Ligia, she stepped in and responded to each Spanish-speaking applicant. She grew to become a full-time volunteer contacting candidates, deciphering paperwork, receiving a whole lot of paperwork texted to her private telephone, whereas offering consolation and assurance to these in disaster. Ligia has made it attainable for our Spanish-speaking households and neighbors to obtain the help wanted to remain of their houses.
Buddies in Sonoma Serving to (FISH) – Sherry Michael
FISH supplied over $1,000,000 in providers because the starting of the pandemic. Sherry, Rental Help Coordinator, heads the rental help program that has obtained purposes from over 1,000 Valley residents. As a brand new FISH volunteer, Sherry was undaunted by the demand on her time and her expertise. On daily basis all through the pandemic Sherry responded to every request, tracked paperwork, arrange spreadsheets, known as landlords, wrote checks, and warranted anxious candidates that FISH was there to assist and the examine was within the mail. Via compassion and dedication, Sherry helped stem the tide of despair introduced by lack of jobs and the lack to satisfy the month-to-month hire.
Buddies of the Sonoma Valley Library – Susan Shinomoto
Susan is the not too long ago retired Treasurer extraordinaire. She revamped our accounting system on-line, with readouts comprehensible to us lay of us. A math head with a level from UC Berkeley, she calmly helped demystify formulae for our Buddies legal responsibility insurance coverage and another math obstacles we bumped into. Additionally, for a number of years she sorted books extra than as soon as every week for our Guide Gross sales, and her assist with cashiering and accounting was invaluable. Her calm and competent presence infused everybody round her and everybody who labored together with her.
Homeless Motion Sonoma – Shayla Finato
Homeless Motion Sonoma, Inc. has a outstanding younger woman to honor. Shayla Finato is outstanding as a result of a 12 months in the past she was homeless and is now a spokesperson for our group and does extra volunteer work than anybody else. She was befriended and in a brief time period has gone from needing to serving to. She does a lot of the cooking for our Sunday BBQs, is a superb spokesperson for HAS, and has befriended others. We’re so happy to have this alternative to publicly reward her.
Impact100 Sonoma – Sarah Carroll
Impact100 Sonoma is a girls’s collective grant-making group. Sarah joined in 2017 as a NextGen member (sponsored youthful girls). Moreover serving on grant evaluate committees, she has been serving on the board of administrators as co-membership chair, has stuffed in for the board member heading up the NextGen program and has been a key member of the DEI (Range, Fairness and Inclusion) Committee. Sara balances all of this with a full-time job and a full household life together with the actions of her school-age daughter.
Jack London State Historic Park – JoAnn Augustine
JoAnn has volunteered for 9 years with 2,700 lifetime hours, and as many as 500 hours in some years. JoAnn gives invaluable service to the park, conducting excursions, as a docent within the cottage and the Museum Bookshop, as an attendant in the entry kiosk, and aiding with particular occasions. Notably, JoAnn helped to implement and manages the Park’s Inexperienced Workforce recycling program, collaborating with Sweetwater Spectrum to offer volunteer alternatives to autistic Adults. JoAnn has been a frontrunner amongst the volunteers as a member of the Volunteer Council, offering worthwhile enter to information and enhance the volunteer program. JoAnn’s involvement has been instrumental within the success in working the Park and serving our guests.
Child Scoop Information – Elena Toscano
Elena has been working with Vicki Whiting and the Child Scoop Information workforce for greater than 20 years. She began out by being a dad or mum volunteer in Vicki’s classroom again of their educating days. As of late, Elena brings greater than her educating expertise to Child Scoop Information. As a retired Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, she gives skilled steering within the improvement of curriculum aligned content material that makes use of greatest practices in Awakening the Magic of Studying in Youngsters.
KSVY SonomaTV – Pat Carlin
Pat has been volunteering at KSVY since 2013. Not solely being a prolific radio host, however he has been greater than prepared to leap in to assist out at our occasions and facet tasks. Many occasions, he has been out there to fill in for our engineers or to cowl exhibits when others weren’t out there. Pat is the go-to man for individuals recommendation and connections, and he’s at all times prepared to succeed in out to the neighborhood and share KSVY.
La Luz Middle – Elisa Huerta
In the course of the pandemic a lot of our in-person volunteer alternatives diminished, however the alternative to attach and interact with our neighborhood didn’t. With the volunteer work of Elisa, an lively dad or mum participant at our El Verano Household Useful resource Middle, we have been in a position to have weekly Spanish digital cooking classes for our households. With a smile on her face, Elisa shared her cooking expertise and recipes with the digital world weekly. Elisa’s enthusiasm and keenness for cooking was at all times obvious while you watched her movies. With out her we wouldn’t have been in a position to deliver a brand new yummy recipe and some much-needed pleasure into the houses of our Sonoma Valley Group.
Sebastiani Theatre Basis – Jocelyn Vick
Jocelyn’s relationship with the Rhotens and the Sebastiani Theatre started in 1996 when her daughter participated within the Theatre’s youth packages. Throughout these years Jocelyn was a mentor, artwork instructor, music editor, and even a make-up artist for numerous Sonoma youth. In 2008 Roger Rhoten requested her to be on the newly fashioned Basis Board. She has served as Secretary, Vice President, and for the final 5 years as President. Via Jocelyn’s dedication, dedication, and abilities that embrace, management, workforce constructing, negotiation, and fund-raising, the Sebastiani Theatre is an emblem of neighborhood now and shall be into the longer term.
Seeds of Studying – Cathy Sowa
Cathy has volunteered with Seeds of Studying for a few years. She has traveled to Nicaragua to work on three completely different colleges, and he or she’s tirelessly helped to lift funds. She has been a member of the Annual Occasion fundraising committee and has executed every little thing from organizing and planning, coordinating, asking for and selecting up donations, to placing collectively flowers. Cathy has performed a tremendously worthwhile position in serving to us elevate funds to proceed working and at all times with an angle of kindness and persistence. She additionally volunteers with a Seeds of Studying group month-to-month on the Redwood Empire Meals Financial institution.
Sonoma Arts Dwell Theatre Firm – Sue Martin
We’re delighted to honor Sue, who has been with our group since 2009 in a single kind or one other! She is at the moment Board President, however wears MANY hats, together with doing all of our graphics voluntarily, working tirelessly with patrons on the telephone who’ve hassle with their tickets, leaping in to paints units, or sew costumes. She’s really a theater individual who’s dedicated to Sonoma Arts Dwell. And we’re grateful and dedicated to HER!! Throughout Covid she helped promote our Zoom and reside streaming occasions to our patrons, studying new expertise with wonderful ability and good humor.
Sonoma Botanical Backyard – Susan Peterson and Ray St. Francis
Susan and Ray have been terribly useful over the previous 18 months on advising a broad swath of repairs and enhancements to Backyard services, and have really ready design drawings for a lot of issues, particularly enhancements meant to make our web site extra accessible to individuals with mobility challenges.
Sonoma Group Middle – Nancy Barrett
Nancy has been a star volunteer at SCC for nearly 6 years. She landed in Sonoma after retiring from a banking profession in Chicago, and have become obsessive about ceramics on the SCC. Over time, “Nancy B” has volunteered as a lead Ceramics Monitor, and occasion and volunteer help for Chili Bowl Categorical, Trashion Style, and the Winter Artwork Market. She was the important thing organizer for getting the ceramics studio prepared and operational throughout the curbside days of the Covid pandemic. Nancy is dedicated to serving to resolve issues and listens to others to validate particular person opinions. She is beneficiant and makes certain everybody has what they should do their job effectively, and to really feel welcomed on the Middle. Nancy is a fearless volunteer who’s extremely beneficiant and one in all our most well-rounded volunteers by having the ability to leap into ceramics, tech, administration and management. We couldn’t do what we do with out Nancy B!
Sonoma Ecology Middle – Rebecca Chekouras
Sonoma Backyard Park, operated by Sonoma Ecology Middle, is usually thought-about “the key gem” on the east facet of Sonoma. Rebecca has made it a private challenge, working tirelessly on social media to raise its wonderful options and packages. She’s promoted water-wise demonstration gardens, the Saturday harvest market, workshops and fellow volunteers, and the educational panorama serving a whole lot of Sonoma youth every year. Rebecca additionally helped introduce a new technology of artists to the backyard and their artwork to the neighborhood. Thanks, Rebecca!
Sonoma Immigrant Companies – Rocio Caballero
Rocio has been residing in Sonoma Valley for not less than 20 years. She may be very devoted and believes in giving again to the neighborhood. She volunteers her time to assist train and coordinate the Spanish Citizenship Training Program at Sonoma Immigrant Companies. She additionally teaches Spanish classes. She is a good position mannequin to her 3 kids. We’re very grateful for her steady help and the impression she has had on our Latinx neighborhood.
Sonoma Worldwide Movie Pageant – Dana Grantham & Alison Miller
Two wonderful SIFF volunteers are Dana Grantham & Alison Miller. Each of them have for 20 years been the venue managers of Andrews Corridor screening venue. They work in tandem, and we are able to’t honor one with out the opposite!
Sonoma Overlook Path – Roy Tennant
Roy is a deeply devoted member of the Sonoma Overlook Path Stewards. For over 10 years, he has spent hundreds of hours fervently tending the Overlook Path, the Montini Open House Protect, and not too long ago, Sugarloaf Regional Park. His work consists of path craft and restore, eradicating invasive species, educating guests, and taking part within the general administration of the Overlook Path. Roy dedicates himself to all endeavors benefitting Sonoma Valley’s open areas.
Sonoma In a single day Assist – Pat Collins
Pat began volunteering in March 2020, once we first shut down, and he quickly grew to become a key a part of our operations. He volunteered 5 days every week, serving to SOS transition from The Haven to Burlingame Corridor to Sonoma Springs Group Corridor. With out Pat’s exemplary organizational expertise and logistic-focused thoughts, SOS would virtually definitely not have the ability to serve the 230 day by day meals to the homeless and the meals disadvantaged in Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Plein Air Basis – Gerry Brinton
Gerry Brinton is a founding and present member of Sonoma Plein Air Basis’s all-volunteer board. She served because the Treasurer for a lot of her time on the board, tirelessly and successfully dealing with monetary issues. Over time on the annual Plein Air Pageant, she might be discovered on a ladder with hammer and nails hanging work on the Charles Creek tasting room or processing gross sales on the Artwork Present on the Plaza. Throughout her time as a volunteer, our Basis has granted over $1.6M to youth artwork packages in Sonoma Valley. Gerry remains to be the “Yoda” on the board, supplying sage knowledge and recommendation; we’re so grateful to her for her contributions.
Sonoma Springs Group Corridor – Ariel Osborne-Peterson
Ariel has been an instrumental drive within the Sonoma Valley neighborhood. Her many contributions embrace organizing the pop up and Vacation markets on the Corridor, gleaning and distributing native produce via the farmers buddy marketing campaign, inspiring neighborhood enchancment tasks, and her present position in managing the Larson Park neighborhood backyard as a spot of well being and therapeutic within the Springs. She is really a neighborhood all-star that may assist Sonoma recuperate and develop right into a brilliant future.
Sonoma Valley Collaborative – Ann Colichidas
As a neighborhood chief in a state-wide cellular dwelling affiliation, Ann has educated the Sonoma Valley Collaborative about how necessary cellular houses are in offering reasonably priced housing to Sonoma Valley, and likewise how fragile many cellular dwelling parks and residents are. Due to knowledge she constantly shared, our technique paper known as Properties for a Sustainable Sonoma Valley correctly highlights the necessity to shield and retain cellular houses within the Valley. Ann understands what it means to work as a coalition: she makes her case but additionally listens to hunt widespread floor. She’s modeled that strategy for different members of the Collaborative. She hosted and led a variety of work teams at Pueblo Serena, the cellular dwelling neighborhood the place she lives. She’s at all times cheerful, curious, and forward-looking… a pleasure to work with!
Sonoma Valley Group Well being Middle – Jan & Joe Celio
Jan and Joe have been a part of our pop-up vaccination clinics because the very starting. Their willingness to accommodate modifications and challenges has been unmeasurable, not just for our workers, however for the members of the neighborhood as effectively. them, we perceive what volunteering is all about. Jan and Joe care so deeply about our neighborhood that they step as much as help the issues they imagine in whatever the private value. Summer season warmth, storms, new pop-up areas, even sporting additional protecting gear in a 100-degree climate, none of that or another impediment has stopped them. For all that and lots of extra causes we need to thank them for being an inspiration to us all.
Sonoma Valley Fund – Simon Blattner
Simon grew to become SVF’s board president in 2018 and since then has labored along with the board and Group Basis Sonoma County furthering SVF’s effectiveness, together with the launch of Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund. In 2019 Simon spearheaded the SVF’s first entry in Sonoma’s 4th of July parade. He drove his truck pulling a wagon of 20 previous STAR Volunteers – all in help and celebration of Volunteering. Simon, a volunteer for a lot of Sonoma Valley nonprofits for many years, is a big supporter of the STAR Volunteer awards and was anticipating the second once we may resume the occasion. Simon is just not solely an advocate for volunteering, he’s a job mannequin, and we thank him for all his arduous work!
Sonoma Valley Hospital – Mrs. Alice Friesen
Alice has been a volunteer at SVH for 42 years! That’s a contribution and an accomplishment all rolled into one. Alice has missed her volunteer shifts for less than two causes, sickness or a trip. She is at all times there as a result of she is aware of that we want her and rely on her. Alice has worn many hats as a volunteer, from Auxiliary President, Auxiliary Treasurer, Escort and Clerical Assistant, and he or she’s “owned” the positions as if she have been getting paid. Phrases to explain Alice: loyal buddy, humanitarian, lifelong learner, impartial spirit and CAT LOVER extraordinaire!
Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance – Marie Bradley
Marie has served on our board of administrators for nearly 4 years, first as secretary and at the moment as vp. In 2 years, she’s going to take the reins as president. Marie finds time in her busy schedule as Daniel Casabonne’s Director of Operations to chair our improvement committee. As Mentor to Travis who’s getting into sixth grade, Marie goes above and past in her help of him and his household. She serves the Mentoring Alliance with ardour, and her dedication to Travis epitomizes her dedication to volunteerism.
Sonoma Valley Museum of Artwork – Mimi Makowsky
Mimi has been a Volunteer Museum Information at SVMA for 8 years. From her earliest days, Mimi has over-delivered in each manner. She is one in all SVMA’s Artwork Rewards the Pupil (A.R.T.S.) program’s star guides. She at all times finds a technique to make the exhibitions accessible and thrilling for younger individuals, even in final 12 months’s exceptionally difficult college 12 months. Mimi was one in all simply 4 Guides who volunteered to spend her pandemic time at dwelling studying the a number of expertise essential to focus on artwork with college students, fully over Zoom. She served on the Volunteer Council Board and helped her fellow volunteers keep related when SVMA couldn’t welcome the neighborhood via its doorways. SVMA is so grateful for her excellent service and dedication, and most of all for doing it whereas by no means dropping her diamond wit and terrific sense of humor.
Particular Olympics Sonoma Valley – Maureen Fuentes
Maureen has been our chief administrative officer because the founding of Particular Olympics Sonoma Valley 10 years in the past. Her son, Roland, has been a star athlete and proudly wears one in all his many Gold Medals. Maureen’s wonderful organizational expertise hold the required medical and participation data and extra importantly, is the cheerleader for our dad or mum volunteers who make this inspirational program a actuality.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – Susie Albrecht
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a virtually 5000-acre park on the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. It takes a whole lot of help to function the park. When the pandemic got here a lot of our common volunteers quarantined. Susie stepped up. She ran our Customer Middle, assembly and serving a whole lot of individuals. She created and updates our in style Wildlife Sightings board, the place guests study life within the park. (Sure, we’ve bears!) She cleans, organizes, trains, is aware of how every little thing works, does foot patrol, sweeps hikes, helps with no matter administrative process comes up, and even lead us via our hearth evacuation drill. Susie’s led our workforce with a smile, an answer, and a spring in her step. Thanks, Susie!
Sweetwater Spectrum – Ken Cheitlin
Ken has served as a key member of Sweetwater Spectrum’s Board of Administrators for the previous 5+ years, together with roles on the organizations’ Audit, Governance, Replication and Constructing Committees. Underneath Ken’s management as Fund Improvement Committee Chair, Sweetwater has exceeded its annual goal every year. Ken’s authorized background, general acumen and artistic concepts, alongside together with his team-oriented fashion have enormously contributed to a smooth-running Board and distinctive collaboration with the Sweetwater Government Director.
Transcendence Theater Firm – Lorraine Reuther
Lorraine is a long-standing volunteer with Transcendence, alongside her husband Bob Reuther. She is a Volunteer Captain and has hardly missed a present in her a few years with us. We rely on Lorraine nightly to run our cashiering division, promoting wine and drink tickets throughout a few of our busiest moments, and at all times with a smile. She’s made 2021 really feel way more seamless together with her consistency and information.
Valley of the Moon Music Pageant – Bonnie Walner
Bonnie is a good help to the Valley of the Moon Music Pageant on the ticket workplace and as an viewers greeter. Together with her deep appreciation and understanding of chamber music, she has proved to be a useful asset to the pageant and to conserving music alive in Sonoma. We’re very grateful to her and are honored to have her on our workforce.
Valley of the Moon Observatory Affiliation – Loren Cooper
The coronavirus pandemic initially required the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to cancel all occasions. Then Loren volunteered to steer COVID-safe occasions exterior of the observatory. Loren skilled different volunteers and was our lead laser-pointing and story-telling Star Tour Information for Evening Sky Trails and was additionally an lively volunteer for Deliver Your Personal Binoculars. These occasions allowed us to soundly proceed our mission of science and astronomy schooling in 2020 once we couldn’t function contained in the observatory.
Verity – Heather Johnson
Heather has been a volunteer on Verity’s (Sonoma County’s Rape Disaster Middle) hotline for over two and a half years. Throughout this time, she has supplied empathetic counseling to numerous survivors of sexual abuse, serving to them course of the traumatic occasions they’ve skilled, and offering assets and emotional help. Heather has made an enormous impression within the lives of sexual assault survivors, and we have a good time her achievements.
Classic Home – Irene Pelmear
Irene is the consummate volunteer. Pre-pandemic, she labored as a myRide driver for Classic Home. Recognized for her kindness and caring, Irene can also be plenty of enjoyable, and conjures up us all to be higher individuals. When COVID compelled the shutdown of our free experience program, Irene discovered new and artistic methods to volunteer with our meals program. She helped with packaging and delivering meals, and donated and baked actually hundreds of home made cookies week-in and week-out! From chocolate chip to snickerdoodle to peanut butter – Irene’s cookies supplied cheer to remoted seniors each Friday!