Kathy McKim Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Support for National Service

Commissioner Recognized at Annual Friends of National Service Awards

WASHINGTON, DC –Voices for National Service today honored CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioner Kathy McKim with the Citizen Service Award for her tireless efforts to strengthen service locally, statewide, and nationally, as well as for her ongoing efforts to help enhance the skills of AmeriCorps members and alumni.

McKim was honored along with 17 other distinguished leaders in government, business and journalism at the 14th Annual Friends of National Service Awards in Washington, DC. Previous award winners include Senator John McCain, General Collin Powell, Chelsea Clinton, Caroline Kennedy, and more.

“Kathy McKim is the premiere role model for a bold and caring corporate leader,” said CaliforniaVolunteers Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “Her passion for service has greatly benefited her city, her state, and the nation.  It’s leaders like Kathy who start making a difference in one market, and before you know it, she’s innovating an entire field.”

“Kathy McKim has been instrumental in bringing results-driven national service programs to her community,” said AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices of National Service.  “Kathy’s passion for service is seemingly endless. She chaired the local boards of both City Year Sacramento and Teach For America, spearheads the AmeriCorps Advantage Program which helps AmeriCorps members effectively navigate career options, and actively engages AT&T employees in one-on-one mentoring. In recognition of her tireless efforts to advance service initiatives in California, Voices for National Service is proud to honor Kathy McKim with the Citizen Service Award.”

The annual Friends of National Service Awards is an opportunity for Voices for National Service to recognize leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have contributed to building a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility in America. A full list of the 2017 awards and honorees is available here.

In communities across the country, national service members of all ages and backgrounds provide critical services to fulfill unmet needs.  National service members tutor and mentor struggling students, help Americans lead healthier lives, provide job training and other services to returning veterans, preserve the nation’s parks and public lands, offer disaster relief and recovery assistance after natural disasters and support independent living for seniors and Americans with disabilities.  For every federal dollar invested in national service, there are returns to society of nearly four dollars in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community-wide benefits.

Congress created the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees national service programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, to be a public-private partnership that invests limited federal dollars to leverage substantial private investment to improve lives and communities.  In 2015, CNCS generated $1.26 billion in outside resources from private businesses, foundations, and other sources, an amount exceeding the federal appropriation.  Furthermore, a recent survey of AmeriCorps alumni found that eight out of 10 alumni say AmeriCorps benefited and advanced their career path, and that AmeriCorps alumni are more likely to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher than the average American adult.

The 14th Annual Friends of National Service Awards is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal and CSX.

Kathy McKim, the Vice President of External Affairs at AT&T, is the Vice Chair of the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission.

About CaliforniaVolunteers

CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives to increase the number of Californians involved with service and volunteering, including the state AmeriCorps program and the management of volunteers and monetary donations during times of disasters. For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

About Voices for National Service
Voices for National Service is a diverse coalition of national and local service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community. Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation’s leaders and helped to elevate national service as a powerful strategy for tackling unmet needs, preparing young people for work, uniting our country and developing civic character.




2016 California Governor’s Volunteering & Service Awards

2016 GVSA Logo

Eight Honorees to Receive Prominent Awards for Making Positive Impacts in Communities

 Today, April 7, 2016, California will be presenting the 2016 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards and the Hoffman Prize to honorees that have gone above and beyond in the world of service and volunteerism.

“The men and women that we recognize today are California heroes,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  “Their generosity and dedication are a real inspiration.”

Chief Service Officer Karen Baker will present the awards to the honorees in the Governor’s Council Room in the State Capitol in Sacramento today at 4 PM.

“We have the pleasure to be able to recognize these amazing men and women, who are dedicated to volunteerism and service,” said Karen Baker, California’s Chief Service Officer.  “Our communities are made better and more resilient thanks to these remarkable honorees that inspire us with their selfless acts of service, and we are excited to present them with these awards.”

The 2016 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award winners and the Hoffman Prize winner are the following:

Hoffman Prize – Bobbi Silten, Executive Vice President of Global Talent and Sustainability at Gap Inc.
The Hoffman Prize recognizes an exceptional California business executive who demonstrates outstanding and impactful work fostering volunteerism in his or her local community, the State of California, the nation, and the globe. Bobbi Silten has led Gap Foundation at Gap Inc., overseeing its global community investments in women’s advancement and youth first jobs, and volunteer programs for employees worldwide.  Bobbi was tapped to lead Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability practice, where she is tasked with vendor monitoring and capability building, environmental sustainability, global stakeholder partnerships, and sustainable innovation.  She served as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which provided advice to President Obama on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs. She co-led the Youth Employment Program working group, which developed the Connecting Youth & Business toolkit.  She co-founded “Reimagining Service,” a five-year national cross-sector initiative to increase the impact of volunteerism, and served as the chair of the Reimagining Service Council until 2014. She serves on the Leadership Council for Opportunity Nation and is also a volunteer mentor to alumni of Summer Search, a national youth leadership program.

California’s Volunteer of the Year – Cheryl Antony, Shelter Cove
This award honors an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.  Cheryl Antony is a well-known asset in her Shelter Cove community, a small town in Humboldt County.  She is a firefighter, a first responder, a duty officer, a public information officer, a member of the Shelter Cove Community Emergency Response Team, a basic life support trainer, an EMT, and more.  She is also active with Meals on Wheels, with her church, and as a Board Member.  Cheryl received nine letters of support with her nomination.  She inspires others by her dedication and devotion.

Catherine Milton California AmeriCorps Member of the Year – Desiree Farnal, YouthSERVE (a program within CalSERVES, VIP at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County)
This award honors a California AmeriCorps member who has made a substantial impact to their community.   As a third year AmeriCorps member with more than 3,500 hours served, Desiree Farnal currently serves at YouthSERVE in Santa Cruz.  She supports more than 400 teens to be the difference in their community with a number of service projects.  For example, under her leadership, these teens tutored 100 seniors in personal technology through weekly sessions at the local senior center and community hospital.  She always finds a way to say “yes” to teens who are interested in community service.

California’s Governmental Agency of the Year – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
This award honors an outstanding state, county, or city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to engaging volunteers.  Under the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Programs Unit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has one of the largest Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs in the nation with over 3,500 volunteers assisting over 18,000 employees, who in turn serve over 10 million residents.   The Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Programs Unit’s extensive experience with volunteer roles and best practices has become a “go-to” resource for California agencies wanting to create or revitalize their respective volunteer programs.

California’s Disaster Volunteer Program of the Year – The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (SF NERT) Disaster Corps Unit
This award honors an outstanding California disaster volunteer program that has demonstrated an unwavering service commitment to the local community.  Volunteers from the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Disaster Corps Unit deployed to two areas of California – Lake County and Tulare County – that were experiencing a declared disaster and had an impact directly on residents, as well as assisted County officials by becoming a force multiplier for their efforts when there were too few staff to meet the need.

California’s Nonprofit of the Year – NextGen OC, Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County
This award honors a California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization.  NextGen OC, Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County is a 100 percent volunteer organization of 21-45 year olds who work on a number of service projects.  One of their successful events was “Tikkun for Troops” in which over 2,000 care packages were assembled for those deployed in service to our country by volunteers from the Orange County community.  The care packages were assembled for the troops by over 200 volunteers, in 4 hours.  They now have plans to double the amount of care packages for the 2016 year.  (Special note: the nomination was submitted by a serviceman in Iraq.)

 California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year – The Sacramento Kings
This award honors an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program.  With values of “Do good,” “Impact the world,” and “Make Sacramento proud,” the Sacramento Kings engage volunteers to meet community needs focused on health, sustainability, and education.  By investing their time, resources, talent, and passion, they are not only about rallying the community around their team, but also rallying them around meeting community needs.

Service Spotlight Award – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Los Angeles
This award honors a group or individual who has uniquely met a community need with the power of service. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles came with a need for tens of thousands of volunteers.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Angeles stepped in offering more than 10,000 volunteers for nearly two weeks, who worked tirelessly in different capacities along with the Southern California community. It was known as “one of the largest outpourings of community service in church history.”