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Bay Federal receives governors volunteer service medal
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (5/11/10)--Bay FCU, Capitola, Calif., has received the 2010 Governor and First Lady’s Medals for Service award in recognition of its community support efforts.
Bay FCU representatives accept the California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year award. From left are Angelica Reyes, community outreach manager; Tonée Picard, executive vice president and chief marketing and development officer; Carrie Birkhofer, president/CEO; and Laura Owen, branch manager.(Photo provided by Bay FCU)
Carrie Birkhofer, Bay Federal president/CEO, accepted the award for California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, First Lady Maria Shriver, and Volunteering Secretary Karen Baker. It was one of seven awards honoring the state’s top service and volunteering leaders. Also, Bay Federal was nominated for California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year by the Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz County. “We work with a lot of local businesses and 100% employee participation is just amazing,” said Karen Delaney, executive director of the Volunteer Centers. “In this economy, it’s important that businesses choose to keep community activities as part of what they’re doing. We are grateful to Bay Federal and all the businesses that do so much for our community.” For seven consecutive years, 100% of Bay FCU employees have volunteered their time and donated money to more than 49 local nonprofits. The credit union’s employees have served in a wide range of volunteer roles to support people, schools, and organizations; everything from providing pro bono assistance with marketing, education and outreach; orchestrating fundraisers; collecting necessities and supplies; and working at community events. Some of their accomplishments include:
* Hosting Italian-style pasta lunches in the employee break room to raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters; * Helping to design and launch the “Give A Little, Feed A Lot” campaign for the Second Harvest Food Bank; * Holding an employee head-shaving extravaganza to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network; and * Coordinating the collection of coats for kids, cell phones for soldiers, and supplies for schools.
"Today, we are paying tribute to some true California heroes, seven honorees that are pioneers in service, who have demonstrated a commitment to expanding service in their own unique way and in giving something back,” Schwarzenegger said.
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