Project Access SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Honoree’s Name: My Tien Pham

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

My has been a dedicated volunteer at Project Access’s Westminster resource center since 2016! During that time she has supported multiple programs and primarily works with after school programs and our seniors. During COVID, she has been supporting us with food distribution, wellness calls and even assisted in hosting a vaccine event for the seniors.
My helped to support our vaccine event in which we transported 50 seniors to and from a vaccination site. My helped with translation assistance, ensured that each resident was on the correct bus, and helped coordinate communication at the site.
Honoree’s Name: William Camargo

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

William first hand knows what it is to live in and near the community we serve, since 2020 and at the start of COVID-19, William reached out to us and told us he would like to give back to his community, and help out anyway possible. William since has donated art kits to the youth of Project Access, and bringing us media attention. He has also connected us with organizations, in order to provide our residents with supplemental food during the pandemic. Currently him & his partner are collecting donations for our residents to be able to provide them with ppe supplies. William goes above and beyond for his community.
A specific example of how William was extraordinary is when he donated his time to photograph the youth for the “Back to School” portraits and donated the prints to the youth. This gave the kids some sense of normalcy in this digital year.
Honoree’s Name: Karishma Bhatt

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Karishma is an outstanding volunteer at Project Access’s Triada center.  She has participated in the afterschool program where she virtually assists youth with their homework. She has found ways to engage with the kids through learning and fun enrichment activities, through this she has formed a positive relationship with the youth. Along with this, she has provided health workshops for youth and adults, created early literacy kits for preschool aged children and assisted in compiling health and community resources for our families. She has enjoyed working with youth during the after school program and hopes to continue to be a volunteer for Project-Access.
Karishma presented her youth workshop on COVID-19 and did so in a way that was engaging and fun for the kids, all the while teaching and promoting health and good hygiene practices. Residents stated the workshop eased many of their COVID-19 worries.
Honoree’s Name: Maria Socorro Flores

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Socorro is an amazing volunteer at Project Access. Socorro is always available to help with any program. She is a quick learner and is a huge asset to our food distribution program, she is never intimidated by the amount of food we receive and the amount of time it takes to bag all produce and distribute. Socorro is kind and funny. Socorro also participates in our programs when we ask for her to help outreach she calls residents to register them for the programs.
When we have our food distribution, we call Socorro to come and help and without hesitation she asks what time and is always punctual. She follows direction well and never complains. She is super quick with packaging food and comes up with new ideas.
Honoree’s Name: Sharon Romeo-Willis

Award Category: Work

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Sharon has been a volunteer board member with project Access for almost a year. Sharon comes from the education sector and she brings a unique perspective that helps inform our learning initiatives in our resource centers like our Education for Youth program.
The global health crisis has disrupted our youth’s ability to develop critical social and emotional skills. In response Sharon helped Project Access develop new Social Emotional learning curriculum that will help address the social emotional learning
Honoree’s Name: Brent Meyer

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Brent has been a key part of our COVID response and is an outstanding volunteer. Brent has supported Project Access through numerous wellness calls, food distribution, and has even become a monthly donor of PA. He is always ready to go the extra mile in assisting Project Access. ​It is truly an honor to have Brent as a PA volunteer.
Brent completed over 50 hours of conducting Wellness Calls to residents through the first few months of the pandemic. Supported numerous Resource Centers with their food distribution efforts, oftentimes with last minute notification.

 

Team Name: Pacific Premier

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

Pacific Premier has been a volunteer group that supports Project Access for years. Pacific Premier has supported our residents through volunteer activities, grants, and hosting financial literacy workshops. During the COVID-19 pandemic Project Access, like many other non-profits, had to make changes to how we delivered our programs in order to keep our residents safe. One new way we offered our services was through wellness calls. Pacific Premier had a group of 31 volunteers who helped us with our wellness calls.
During COVID-19 Pacific Premier brought in 31 wellness call volunteers to support wellness call outreach efforts. Together those volunteers completed 1022 phone calls to residents and dedicated 225 hours of their time to complete these calls.
Team Name: Project Access COVID Relief Squad

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Team is Extraordinary:

When COVID-19 first hit Project Access it changed the way we could host volunteers. The covid relied squad is a group of volunteer both virtual and in person who helped assist us with wellness and outreach calls, virtual programming, translation assistance of important COVID documents, and COVID related food distribution.
The COVID Relief squad was extraordinary because they played such an important role in our COVID response. They were either a smiling face or a reassuring voice on the phone that helped keep our residents supported in our new normal.

 


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