Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award Winners
California’s Volunteer of the Year: Kathryn Vaughn
In her position of Volunteer President and Executive Director, Kathryn Vaughn transformed Just in Time for Foster Youth into a successful nonprofit helping more than 1,200 San Diego foster youth in transition by providing basic necessities and home furnishings. Under her leadership, the organization began receiving numerous grants and donations, and developed new programs to connect youth with vocational and educational tools and resources.
California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year: Bay Federal Credit Union
100 percent of Bay Federal Credit Union employees have volunteered for 49 different nonprofits for seven consecutive years. They provided pro-bono assistance with marketing, education and outreach; held an employee head-shaving extravaganza to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network; orchestrated “winter coats for kids” drives; and conducted a “cell phone for soldiers” drive.
California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year: Cisco
Since 2009, Cisco employees in California have provided pro-bono technical support, coupled with more than $2.2 million in IT product grants, and marketing and finance consulting to nonprofits and charities throughout the state. Additionally, Cisco has provided $3.5 million in matching gifts for employee donations of $2.7 million.
California’s Nonprofit of the Year: WriteGirl
WriteGirl pairs at-risk teen girls in Los Angeles with professional women writers from the Los Angeles Times, Disney, the Writers Guild of America, and other organizations, for one-on-one mentoring, creative writing workshops, and public readings. By doing so, WriteGirl enables thousands of young girls to become published authors, critical thinkers, effective communicators and community leaders.
California’s Service Group of the Year: Rocklin Volunteers in Police Service
From 2005 to 2010, more than 100 Rocklin Volunteers in Police Service have donated more than 55,000 volunteer hours over the last five years, providing an estimated $1.2 million of service in the city. Volunteers perform more than 50 critical roles, including child safety presentations and creating child ID kits that allow the police department to dedicate sworn personnel to the most critical public safety functions.
California’s AmeriCorps Member of the Year: Megan Mastashe
Megan Mastache worked to combat homelessness and sexual assault in San Luis Obispo and has participated in the Food Share program for the past five years, connecting restaurants and their extra food with the local homeless shelters. She also served with the Developing Through Art program, bringing art and community into overflow shelters and giving homeless children an opportunity to express themselves through creativity.
CaliforniaVolunteers’ Spotlight Award: Taproot Foundation
Taproot Foundation strengthens nonprofits by engaging marketing, human resources, design, and strategy professionals in pro bono service. In less than a decade, more than 5,300 business professionals have served on their projects providing services valued at more than $60 million to an estimated 1,000 nonprofits across the nation, which totals 750,000 hours of pro bono service.