Delia Alvarado from Retiree Council 5008 was named the 2017 William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year. Alvarado’s dedication to fellow members and her community is awe-inspiring. She cooks meals and provides care packages for the homeless in her community, as well as providing special holiday gifts to them for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
“I want to them to feel loved and that someone cares,” Alvarado said. “Compassion costs nothing.”
Retired from Salinas City School District and active in Retiree Council 5008, Alvarado continues her dedication to fellow members and community. After having lost her son, Alvarado found a new purpose by helping those less fortunate. She joined a group of women who shared similar experiences. Their goal was to share with others how love and peace could be achieved. Group meetings were held at Alvarado’s home where she provided shelter and meals to women she hardly knew.
Through Facebook she encountered an advocate to help the homeless. He needed donations and some to assist with preparing and serving hot meals on Sundays. She jumped at the opportunity and spent countless hours volunteering.
She has also collected purses and filling them with essentials for Mother’s Day for mothers who otherwise would have not received a single thing to commemorate the day. Alvarado is the epitome of who is deserving of such recognition.
The William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year Award is given to a person who continues founding father Bill Schwartz’ legacy of unselfish concern and reflects a noble desire to improve the lives of CSEA members and/or the community at large. The recipients of this award have performed a significant act of a humanitarian nature, including: demonstrating a generosity of spirit and dedication to the betterment of people in need (in particular CSEA members); being involved in service which has enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and society; or contributing above and beyond in the name of charity.
Nominees must have performed any significant act of a humanitarian nature:
2017 Delia Alvarado, Retiree Council 5008
2016 Frank Carey, Plumas Chapter 193
2015 Miguel Alatorre-Munoz, Orange Chapter 67
2014 Marie Hoveln, Vista Chapter 389
2013 Jerry Chames, Kerman Unified Chapter 279 and Gloria Pinedo, Patterson Unified Chapter 174
2012 Gary Davis, Sunnyvale Chapter 205
2011 Karen Sweet, Galt Chapter 362
Conference Delegates posthumously bestowed Life Membership to former Association Secretary and Area C Director Donna D’Arcy. Four CSEA retirees were also added to CSEA's Honor Roll: Roxie Allen, Jeanne Foster, Arlina Montez and Rowena Smith.
Peggy Wray, of Lakeside Chapter 240, was named the 2017 Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year.
Delia Alvarado from Retiree Council 5008 was named the 2017 William P. Schwartz Humanitarian of the Year.
Paul Rasso, an office equipment technician for Colton schools and member of Colton Chapter 244, was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the 2017 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award winners.
CSEA congratulates its 2017 Members of the Year: Lisa Montelli, Kim Richins, Sue Studer, Maria Tapia and Ron Walker.
Six outstanding classified employees were honored by the California Department of Education for their dedication to our public school students. Five of the employees are CSEA members.
A total of 117 entries were received from 33 chapters and one retiree council. The CSEA Communications Committee commends all who entered the competition.