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Hands Across The Valley Awards 2017

"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." -Elizabeth Andrew

In 1968, HandsOn Central California began hosting the annual Hands Across the Valley Volunteer Awards Luncheon in recognition and celebration of our community’s volunteers. This heart-warming event honors inpiduals and groups who have made a difference by generously giving their time and talent to improve the quality of life in our Valley. The event raises the profile of civic engagement and advocates for citizens to make positive change in their communities.

This event honors inpiduals and groups who have made a difference by generously giving their time and energy to address challenges in 5 counties: Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings and Tulare.

And the Winners Were...

We would like to thank all of our nominees and nominators for all the community-changing work they do and for supporting Hands Across the Valley. 

HandsOn Central California received 95 outstanding nominations about amazing volunteers from across the Central Valley. Using a cadre of Central Valley stakeholders to review and rank applications, specific inpiduals stood out for each category.

HAVA 2017 Winners

Corporate/Business Volunteer or Group

Fresno Rescue Mission and St. Vincent De Paul

 

College Student Volunteer of the Year Awardee

Jackie Espinosa, Community Food Bank

 

Health Care Volunteer

Kathy Flaherty, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

 

Service Club/Organization

Fresno Adventist Academy

 

Parent Volunteer

Shannon Warmack, Farmdale Elementary School

 

School Volunteer

Teresa Holdman, Mario G. Olmos Elementary School

 

Love of Animals

Robin Bell, Friends of Madera Animal Shelter

 

RSVP Volunteer

Vallorie Borchardt, Girl Scouts of Central California South

 

Youth Volunteer

Emiko Diaz, Valley Animal Center

 

Adult Volunteer

Nancy Kast, Fresno County Library

 

Lifetime Achievement

Deborah Riordan, Central Valley Veterans

Kathy Flaherty, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

 

Presentation of these awards and recognition of all nominees were held at a luncheon, April 26th, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Clovis CA.