what people are saying. Membership with the BACVC is vital to my work organizing ITA's volunteer and community service programs. I would recommend the BACVC to anyone who organizes volunteer activities.
- Jennifer Bokesch, Community Service Program Manager, IT Ascent, Inc.

Bay Area Volunteer Awards
Shine a spotlight on Community Heroes
 

Recognizing Excellence 
The Bay Area Volunteer Awards
celebrate the actions and commitment of volunteers, board members, nonprofits, and companies who are working hard to create better, stronger communities that benefit everybody.


Our unique Bay Area communities have different challenges and needs, and creative ways to address them. The Bay Area Volunteer Awards highlight the best of the Bay--and the Award Winners are...


Volunteer Choice Award (selected by popular vote-daily open voting.)
This award is given to a nonprofit serving the Bay Area selected by popular vote from volunteers, donors, staff and the community.

Award Winner: Youth for Fitness & Education (YFE)

The final votes were in on June 17th and Bay Area volunteers chose Youth for Fitness & Education as their favorite nonprofit! Way to go YFE volunteers, staff and board!

Community Spirit Award
(selected by review panel**)
Sponsored by: CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer

This award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding volunteer for organization(s) located in the Bay Area.

Award Winner:
Lisa Eltinge -- SF Education Fund
Lisa Eltinge doesn't just show up to volunteer, she leads the charge! When there are needs that haven't been met that will make a difference in young peoples' lives, she seeks ways to do more. That's exactly what she did when the dedicated staff of Mission High School wanted to create a career component for the School's College & Career Center. Mission High School staffers were so focused on getting kids ready for college that they didn't have the bandwidth to run the career component of the program too. Lisa Eltinge used her considerable abilities and community connections to create two career fairs with 40 speakers at each one, a program that only two years ago was just a dream. Not only did she find speakers but she made sure they were prepared to interact and engage appropriately with the students, resulting in a truly impactful experience. Lisa trained the speakers on how to communicate directly with the participating teens, to have a healthy back-and-forth dialogue that far exceeded the typical "I talk, you listen" adult/teen approach. Lisa also created a Job and Internship board in the College & Career Center. Though Mission High School students are highly sought after for local jobs and internships there was no organized way to reach them with these opportunities. "Lisa took the lead on all of that" Ms. Jovick said. She emailed the students information that pertained to their age group, facilitated scheduling and arranged for the employers come to meet the students. "...it's a huge asset because the counselor can't do all of that in addition to their daily workload." The Education Fund would like to thank Lisa for her vision and commitment. It's one thing to help out where needed, it's another to see the bigger picture, identify a need, and put in the time and energy to fill that need. We are truly fortunate to have her help as are the students and counselors at Mission High School.


Nonprofit Board Leader Award (selected by review panel**) 
Sponsored by: Ascent
This award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding nonprofit board member serving organization(s) from the Bay Area.

Award Winner: Jane Tobin -- Friends of SF Animal Care and Control

Jane has a great love for animals and a tireless work ethic, which she has put to use by helping them for many years. A founding member of the Friends of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, established in 2000, she has led the board since 2009 with vision and humor. Jane's contributions to the growth and success of the board are many. Jane envisioned a number of community programs at ACC that were implemented through funding by FSFACC, and are still serving the public and animals, like quarterly low-cost rabies and microchip clinics at ACC and a special medical fund for shelter animals to cover medicines or surgery that are beyond the basic care the City provides. Thanks to her tremendous efforts, dedication, and compassion for animals, Friends of SFACC is poised to continue supporting the mission of San Francisco’s municipal animal shelter and helping all of our city’s animals.

Corporate Community Involvement Award (selected by review panel**) 
Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente
Established in 1992, this award recognizes a Bay Area business that operates an outstanding employee involvement program.

Award Winner: McKesson
McKesson is a multi-service health care company: distributing pharmaceuticals, providing health information technology, medical supplies, and care management tools. So it’s not a surprise that McKesson’s volunteer program aligns with their business mission “to make better health for all.”

McKesson Community Heroes—that’s what their employee volunteers are called—have a lot to say about where volunteer efforts are directed, and how.

From small, departmental team-building service projects, to their long-standing tradition of incorporating community service in all national sales conferences, to signature programs like Community Days and Community Health Walks, their commitment to volunteering is evidenced by how fully integrated community service is in their employee gatherings. Last year, 100% of business unit presidents served as executive champions for their Community Days volunteer projects, mobilizing more than 12,500 McKesson volunteers across the country.

While McKesson incorporates traditional elements of a corporate volunteer program, what makes their program stand out is a homegrown signature program called Giving Comfort, that harnesses the passion of McKesson’s 37,000 employees and healthcare company know-how to alleviate a serious health issue: Cancer.

In collaboration with hospitals, oncology centers and cancer-focused nonprofits, patients and social workers across the country, McKesson developed and launched the Giving Comfort program in 2012. 

It provides cancer patients with Comfort Kits – backpacks containing patients’ most needed and requested items – to help ease discomfort during chemotherapy treatment. Each year, McKesson volunteers help assemble Comfort Kits, so far reaching more than 35,000 low-income cancer patients across 33 states.

Here in the Bay Area, McKesson provided Kits for 1,292 patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment and receiving care from San Francisco General, UCSF, Marin General, Shanti Project, Project Open Hand, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Circulo de Vida, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, Family House, Alameda Health System Medical Center, and George Mark Children’s House.

Congratulations, to all of the Bay Area Volunteer Awards winners--we're thrilled to honor your good work in the community!



**Nominations are reviewed, and winners are decided, by a diverse committee of volunteers.



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