Neighbors throughout San Francisco are at the heart of creating community. In every CLC program, there are many people who share their time and talents to improve lives of fellow seniors and people with disabilities. These dedicated neighbors who share their lifetime of experience and talents demonstrate just how much better we can make our communities when we create opportunities for everyone to contribute.
Each year, CLC hosts a citywide “Good Neighbor” party to thank these neighborhood volunteers for their countless contributions and to honor those in their midst who inspire others in CLC’s neighborhoods and programs.
The afternoon included great food from Mission Language and Vocational School, appetizers from our own Lizette Martinez, and homemade strawberry shortcake from our own Kate Kuckro. Folks also enjoyed a CLC Trivia game, a free prize drawing of themed basics from the different neighborhoods and projects, and fun photos. As one neighbor said, “we come from the north and the south, the east and the west and we join together to learn from one another.”
Honoring Outstanding Neighborhood Volunteers
This year’s Good Neighbor honorees – all seniors or people with disabilities themselves – have contributed in a wide range of ways. But across the board, all are quick to offer help in whatever ways they can. The Honorees help with computers, offer rides, share garden cuttings, host gatherings around the piano, organize neighbors, pack groceries, offer hearing screenings, and reach out to local businesses.
This year’s Good Neighbor Awards go to…
- Carmelita Lozano, Cayuga Connectors
- Nan Park, St. Francis Square Network
- Ruth Dark, Bayview Food Network/Connectors
- Carolyn Taylor , OMI Food Network
- Victor Lam, Computers & Access
- Steven Lopez & N. California Hearing & Speech Center, Vision & Hearing
- Brenda Billings, Events
- Marc Christensen, Merced Extension Triangle Community Connectors
These special neighbors will be honored again at CLC’s 10 year anniversary event on September 20th.