The YMCA of the East Bay recently hosted its 133rd annual meeting and volunteer recognition ceremony, celebrating its extraordinary volunteers who they see as vital partners with the YMCA’s cause: to strengthen the foundation of the community.
“Without volunteer support, the Y would not have the resources to nurture and develop youth, promote healthy living, and support our neighbors each and every day,” said Robert A. Wilkins, president and CEO of the YMCA of the East Bay.
More than 170 people attended the event, which celebrated just a few of the East Bay Y’s many outstanding volunteers in Richmond and West Contra Costa, downtown Oakland and other communities.
Eleven adults received the Y’s Volunteer of the Year awards while nine youth were presented with the Y’s Youth of Character awards and scholarships.
Larry Taylor, a volunteer for many years at Camp Loma Mar, the Y of the East Bay’s summer camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was inducted into the Y’s Hall of Achievement and awarded this year’s Lifetime Achievement for Service Award.
It is estimated that over the many years of his involvement with the Y of the East Bay, Taylor, a resident of Castro Valley, contributed more than 16,000 volunteer hours.
Youth award winners included Xavier Sanders – Downtown Oakland YMCA,
Chesna Pokharel – Fremont Newark YMCA, Kamaria Mckinng – Hilltop YMCA,
Ranisha Evans – Urban Services Eastlake YMCA, Anthony Varner – Urban Services M. Robinson Baker YMCA, and Lavontae Hill – West Contra Costa YMCA.
Among the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients were: Alfred Toles – Downtown Oakland YMCA, Rachel Gonzalez – Eden Area YMCA,
Joanne Linzey – Fremont Newark YMCA, Fran Welstand – Hilltop YMCA, and Dr. Cherilyn Brunetti, MD – West Contra Costa YMCA.