Tustin Community Foundation SOV 21

Published: April 2, 2021

Honoree’s Name: Soledad Rivera

Award Category: Live

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

No matter how busy she is, Soledad always finds time to help people throughout our community.
There were 951 smiles at bedtime in Tustin this past December because of Soledad Rivera who, since 2013, has helped collect and distribute over 5000 pairs of new PJs through TCF’s Project Pajamas. The program is successful because of her efforts.
Honoree’s Name: Laura Olson

Award Category: Enrich

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Laura’s enthusiasm lights up Tustin and she can always be counted on to volunteer where needed.
Besides Co-Chairing TCF’s Project Pajamas last fall, as Tustin Pride Holiday Display Awards Chairperson Laura and her team of volunteer judges recognized and highlighted Tustin’s 100 best holiday light displays.
Honoree’s Name: Geoff Perea

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Chef Geoff’s generosity is off the chart! No doesn’t seem to be in his vocabulary.
Chef Geoff didn’t hesitate to offer his kitchen and staff when TCF approached him about partnering to feed Tustin’s most vulnerable seniors. Since early last spring, Friend’s Cafe has prepared over 15,000 meals for Friends Feeding Seniors program.
Honoree’s Name: Tony Wong

Award Category: Rescue

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Tony Wong always has great ideas and then he follows through to make them happen.
Tony saw a TV show, said “We can do that” and organized TCF’s Friends Feeding Seniors program, thinking that we would feed seniors for several months during the COVID shutdown. Here we are, a year later, with the program and Tony still going strong.
Honoree’s Name: Robert Manazer

Award Category: Protect

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Robert Manazar is an extraordinary volunteer for calling and chatting with more than 100 Tustin seniors every single week for over a year.
Pandemic life has been difficult on older adults. Robert’s weekly Friendship Calls to over 100 seniors continue to give them a sense of hope. He’s become a trusted friend, providing them with key resources and a positive social connection.

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