Volunteer of the Year

‚ÄčEach April, during National Volunteer Week, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.) Board of Directors hosts a Volunteer Recognition event honoring all of the District Volunteers.  At this celebration the Volunteer of the Year is recognized for their outstanding service.  The volunteer is chosen from all the Volunteers of the Month from the previous year. 

Congratulations to the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients!

Volunteer of the Year: Laura Stull 

Laura has been volunteering for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District since 1985. She has a long history of volunteer service and has volunteered for an amazing number of District-wide special events. Her first special event was the Hayward Half Marathon in 1985. She went on to volunteer for Battle of the Bands, the UnHaunted House, Teen Idol, the Annual Kenneth Aitken Community Center Flea Market and Sorensdale Recreation Center dances. Laura also volunteers with the Special Needs Program at the Sorensdale Recreation Center on a regular basis. Her job duties include helping organize the Treasure Chest Thrift Store, pouring molds and helping students paint projects in the ceramics classes which are submitted to the Alameda County Fair.

Rising Star Volunteer of the Year: Angela Patch

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Angela is a student at Brenkwitz High School in Hayward. She volunteered at the Matt Jimenez Community Center Summer Camp Program. She was a shy young lady during staff training but once she started working with the youth, she really stepped out of her shell and shined. During the summer Angela worked with young summer campers known as the Sonics. She assisted the Recreation Staff with teaching the kids how to play various sports and with large group activities. She also assisted with arts and crafts activities, computer lab, teen center and much more. Angela proved to be a great leader by having a positive and energetic demeanor while being very open and engaging with the kids. She is an asset to the program and is currently involved with the MJCC After School Program. Her eagerness to learn and ability to work with youth in all components of the after school program are truly appreciated.