I just got back from attending the Community Services Planning Council’s People Helping People awards program, which recognizes businesses, service organizations and individuals in the community who have gone above and beyond in terms of giving back to our community.
Attending this yearly awards luncheon—this was the 23rd of its kind—always makes me want increase my service to our community. I try to do what I can, mostly for animal-related organizations. But some of the people nominated for the awards volunteer full time.
If you are thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to start, check out the council’s Hands-On Sacramento branch, which allows volunteers to try their hand at projects ranging from cleaning up our American River Parkway to working with kids. You’ll be playing a vital role, and you know what? I can almost guarantee that you will benefit, too.
Oh, I should mention that at the lunch, the council unveiled its new name: Community Link.
Sacramento magazine is a longtime media sponsor of this awards luncheon and wants to give a shout out to all of this year’s nominees and congratulate the winners:
The Exceptional Community Support Award, which recognizes a business that has provided outstanding support for community projects and charities: Golden 1 Credit Union
The Exceptional Community Support Small Business Award, which recognizes a business with fewer than 50 employees that has provided outstanding support for community projects and charities: 3Fold Communications
The Hands On Sacramento Award for Encouraging Employee Volunteerism, which recognizes a business that supports employee volunteer projects as well as encouraging year-round employee volunteerism: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Dick Cable Media Award (named in honor of longtime News10 anchor Dick Cable), which recognizes a media organization or member of the media for exceptional community service: Sacramento News & Review
Executive Leadership Award, which recognizes a corporate executive, business owner or high-level management leader who has modeled good corporate social responsibility for employees, among peers and in the community at-large: Pat McClain, senior partner and founding principal of Hanson McClain
Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes an individual who has performed a special deed or project not previously recognized: Colin Cooper and Susan Webster
Senior Volunteer Award, which recognizes an individual volunteer older than age 65 who has performed a special deed or project: John Abbe
Youth Volunteer Award, which recognizes an individual volunteer younger than age 21 who has performed a special deed or project: Caty Rodriguez
The Service Club and Association Achievement Award, which recognizes a service club or business association for implementing projects that substantially expand beyond normal operations and demonstrate significant community impact: Northern California Lions Sight Association
Sustained Community Support Award, given at the discretion of the People Helping People selection committee to an individual or organization who has provided ongoing service in our community throughout the years: Kaiser Permanente