Competitive 2021 SOV Videos

Published: April 16, 2021

Voting session is now closed, but there still time to view any of the 13 amazing videos below. 

 

Voting concludes on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22 at 11:59 pm PDT). 

 

The winner of each award category will be announced on April 29, 2021 during our event. All nominees will be honored before and during the event in front of a large virtual audience.

 

Team Name: Banc of California

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

 

#1: Banc of California was nominated for a competitive award in the Work category. Vote by “liking”  this video on YouTube.

Banc of California made an incredible investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters by signing on as a Workplace Mentoring partner, which is a three-year commitment to mentoring youth in the community. Requiring both a financial gift and volunteer time, our Workplace Mentoring partners demonstrate the highest level of support a company can make to our agency to promote college and career readiness and workforce development. Banc of California provides up to 15 volunteers annually who dedicate approximately 200 hours during the school year to mentoring high school students through Big Brothers Big Sisters. One-to-one mentoring sessions focused on resume development, business etiquette, mock interviews and financial literacy helps youth build professional skills needed to succeed in their college and career pursuits. For many youth in our program, Workplace Mentoring is their first exposure to corporate culture and opens their eyes to new pathways they never envisioned would be possible, helping to build our future workforce here in Orange County. Banc of California also sponsors a seat on the corporate board. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to have Banc of California’s HR Operations Manager Alicia LeBlond on the board, a role she holds in addition to volunteering as a mentor for the last two years.
Honoree’s Name: Gus Avila

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

 

#2: Gus Avila was nominated for a competitive award in the Protect category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

Honoree’s Name: Ted Nguyen  

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

#3: Ted Nguyen was nominated for a competitive award in the Rescue category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

Ted Nguyen is a public servant by day and a community organizer at every non-work waking hour by night and during weekends. Ted’s extraordinary tireless efforts boosted awareness that led to a positive nationwide response to the pandemic.

Ted marshalled his expert strategic communications and media skills to lead an all-volunteer grassroots movement to meet the basic needs of our communities during the pandemic: Delivering 70,000 restaurant meals to healthcare workers and seniors, distributing 1.5 million PPEs worth about $30 million at the beginning of the pandemic, and now standing against hate in international, national and statewide news coverage and raising funds to support the community’s most vulnerable members.

 

 

Honoree’s Name: Seychelle Balog

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

#4: Seychelle Balog was nominated for a competitive award in the Live category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

Compelled by the overwhelming prevalence of relationship violence in our community, Seychelle joined Human Options’ first-ever Teen Ambassador Cohort in 2017 as just a freshman. The rigorous 10 week course requiring completion of a service learning project, is designed to equip teens with the skills needed to become ambassadors of Human Options’ prevention efforts and serve as peer-to-peer mentors. Determined to end relationship violence in our community, Seychelle lends her voice to youth and adults across Orange County. She believes knowledge is power and together, we can create a community in which every individual and family experiences healthy relationships and lives free from fear. When the pandemic hit, Seychelle truly became an extraordinary hero! To protect essential workers and families in emergency shelters, Seychelle started Project Masked Heroes. She hand made hundreds of masks to protect essential workers in our community. Project Masked Heroes provided masks for all Human Options staff and families in our housing program. Living in an emergency shelter during a pandemic has been terrifying for families, but Project Masked Heroes has eased that anxiety for victims and their children. Additionally, when Seychelle learned about the crippling depression isolation caused the seniors in our Safe Options for Seniors program, she stepped in to help. She hand wrote notes of encouragement for seniors in our program. Her notes of support became a beacon of hope for our clients. We are incredibly grateful for Seychelle’s support and honored to nominate her as Human Options extraordinary hero.
Honoree’s Name: David Basok

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 #5: David Basok was nominated for a competitive award in the Live category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

Dave and his therapy dog Miles passionately helped bring joy and support to youth in crisis when they needed it most.
No act is too small, no request too large, if it needs to be done we can always count on Dave to help. Even through the most challenging times, Dave always has a smile on his face and an infectious, positive attitude. He is a one of a kind volunteer.

 

 

Honoree’s Name: Komron Tarkeshian

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

#6: Komron Tarkeshian was nominated for a competitive award in the Work category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

Komron selflessly donates his time, talents and resources to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. About 20 years ago Komron was coaching high school football and one of his players received his wish for a mountain bike. This was Komron’s first wish experience he says: “I witnessed firsthand the impact a wish has on a child battling a critical illness. The wish experience gave him motivation, hope and confidence for the future.” From that day on Komron has helped so many children’s wishes be granted.
Komron has adopted 10 wishes ensuring that these children get to experience the joy and hope of a wish. Through the COVID-19 pandemic he has been integral is helping Make-A-Wish reimagine how we can safely grant wishes to local children.

 

Team Name: California Love Drop

Award Category: Protect

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

 

#7: California Love Drop Team was nominated for a competitive award in the Protect category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

What began as a small act of kindness—a single delivery of 300 meals from Wahoo’s Fish Taco to Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA — turned into an astounding sea of collaboration of 40 partnering businesses and hundreds of supporters and volunteers, resulting in over 20,000 meals, treats, beverages and PPE to frontline heroes and those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic! At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and the California Love Drop, partnered with inspiring and committed business leaders and individuals to help lighten the heavy load frontline workers and those in need carry on a daily basis. From providing nourishing food to nurses working overtime to backpacks and hand sanitizers to families and children, California Love Drop reflects the power of one to many in making a difference. Since April 2020, the California Love Drop has made over 200 deliveries to Southern California frontline heroes, including CHOC Children’s Hospital, UCI Medical Center, Hoag Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, and numerous police stations and firehouses Wing’s gift is more than a taco….it is his passion to serve others through the comfort of good food and valuing the efforts of the frontline workers, donors, and the volunteers in the community contributing what they have to make a difference. “It is a privilege to serve others, particularly at a time when we all feel the stress and strain of the hardships brought about by the pandemic. Many of our business partners have been seriously impacted by lockdowns but continue to give. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group focused on something so much bigger than ourselves. I know that’s why we will come out of this stronger than ever,” says Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and California love Drop.   The founding “droppers” include Wahoo’s, 95.5 KLOS’s Heidi and Frank, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Yogurtland, Blue C Advertising, Coyle, Cholula Hot Sauce, Monster Energy and Hint Water. They have gained tremendous support from organizations including but not limited to Enterprise Data Solutions (EDS), UHSM, PCMA, Subaru of America, Carlson & Jayakumar, LLP, Shimano Inc., Kirksey and Company, North Men’s Wear, Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Co., Left Coast Brewing Company, B Candy, Yeti, Loan Depot, Vans, Drake’s Organic Spirits, Fortis Resource Partners and The Purist Group among others.
Delivered over 20,000 meals to frontline heroes since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Honoree’s Name: Pam Winkler

Award Category: Grow

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

 

 

#8: Pam Winkler was nominated for a competitive award in the Grow category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

In the over a dozen years and thousands of volunteer hours later, Pam has done an extraordinary job of connecting families to the Bay and making sure our organization, Newport Bay Conservancy, is of sound financial health to do so.
As a Volunteer Naturalist, Pam has done everything from host family story time and craft programs, provide visitor assistance at the Nature Center and lead the Conservancy as Board member (2016-20) and finally Treasurer from the 2018-2020.

 

 

Team Name: The Eli Home Village Volunteers

Award Category: Live

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

#9: The Eli Home Village Volunteers were nominated for a competitive award in the Live category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

The team understands we are all better together. They generously share their time, talents, and resources knowing that other members are doing the same and the outcomes of helping children and their mothers develop strength and resiliency is better achieved. Their volunteer positions are completely different, but they complement each other for better outcomes.
Sandy Young, accounting; Chris Walker, Attorney; Ahtzeri Ramirez, Student in child psychology; Emilio Rodriguez, Student in business; and Ethan Thio, student at Brown University, majoring in biology. Together they donated over 1500 hours and $40,000.
Team Name: Ingram Micro Global Marketing Team

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

#10: Ingram Micro Global Marketing Team was nominated for a competitive award in the Enrich category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.
Their enthusiasm and yes attitude for making Girls Inc rebranding a great one!
They took time away from work and performed skilled based training and revamped Girls Inc rebranding campaign.
Team Name: Global IT Communication and Engagement Committee

Award Category: Work

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

 

 

#11: Global IT Micro and Engagement Committee was nominated for a competitive award in the Work category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.

This team is passionate and dedicated to supporting their local communities. They realize how fortunate they are and wish to share their good fortunes with others and give back in different ways.
This team has always been creative with how they give back with not only with their money, but with their time as well. This team has done a remarkable job inspiring others to do the same as well. They have had multiple events with many non profits.
Honoree’s Name: Jim Erickson

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

#12: Jim Erickson was nominated for a competitive award in the Enrich category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.
Honoree’s Name: Kim Pennington

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

#13: Kim Pennington was nominated for a competitive award in the Live category. Vote by “liking” this video on YouTube.
Kim joined our program at a time of need. We opened a new food pantry and needed someone to take charge and make it work. From collecting, sorting, coordinating, deliveries and just generally being available at a moment’s notice, her work ensures that our kids have food on the table and weekly supplies to fulfill their basic needs and allow them to focus on school, work and bettering themselves.
There isn’t a specific single instance to point to. Rather, she is always available, has a smile, can do attitude, is a leader and doesn’t wait to be asked. She takes ownership of her role as if it were a paid position. 100% Team Player.

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