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NorCal Honors VA Volunteers

Volunteers in Northern California
Monday, April 16, 2012

NorCal Honors VA Volunteers

The Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System will be honoring volunteers this month as part of National Volunteer Week April, 15-21, 2012. The celebration will include award luncheons to recognize 208 volunteer members across Northern California who have met nationally established levels of volunteerism.

The National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” reflects the vital roles volunteers play in all facets of American life and the growing value of their service.

These individuals combined have given thousands of hours of their time to support Veterans in hospitals, clinics, Vet centers and cemeteries. Awards begin for 100 hours of service and increase incrementally with some members reaching tens-of-thousands of hours volunteered. Two of our volunteers, Michael Esposito and Woodrow Sato, will be given the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, created in 2003 to “honor Americans, who by their demonstrated commitment and example inspire others to engage in volunteer service.”

According to Voluntary Services Chief Maria Almes, “the work of these individuals is indispensible to our mission here at the VA and it’s so very rewarding to be surrounded by those who are motivated purely by giving to others.” Almes adds “I’m so proud of the ways my staff and volunteers have engaged and supported each other to create a culture for volunteerism to thrive.”

Three separate Luncheons will be held around Northern California to honor volunteers in their respective locations. The East Bay division will host its luncheon on April 25 at the Back Forty Restaurant in Pleasant Hill. The Sacramento Valley Division will host its luncheon at the Marriot in Sacramento on May 2. A third celebration, a brunch, will be held in Redding at the Hilton Garden Inn on May 7. For more information contact the Voluntary Services Program office at (916) 366-5372 or visit



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