Humanitarian of the Year Award


About the award

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.

Criteria

Nominees must have performed any significant act of a humanitarian nature:

  • By demonstrating a generosity of spirit and dedication to the betterment of people in need (in particular CSEA members)
  • By being involved in service which has enriched the lives of others and the welfare of humanity and society
  • By contributing above and beyond in the name of charity

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Nominations due June 1, 2018


Delia Alvarado named 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

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.


Previous award recipients:

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

Honors and Awards


Every year, CSEA members are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their union and the students they serve.

Member of the Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding members for their commitment and dedication of classified employees to the students of California, community involvement, and activism.

CSEA Life Member and Honor Roll

Life Membership and Honor Roll placement are awarded to CSEA activists in recognition of extraordinary service to CSEA.

Communication Awards

CSEA’s Public Relations Committee recognizes CSEA communicators for their outstanding print and electronic communications.

California Classified Employee of the Year Award

Presented by the California Dept. of Education, this award highlights the efforts of classified employees.

California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year

Presented by the California Community College Board of Governors, this honors outstanding classified employees in community colleges.

Activist of the Year Award

This award recognizes members who vigorously advocate in political activities or specific causes important to the mission and goals of CSEA.

Humanitarian of the Year Award

This award is given to a person who reflects a noble desire to improve the lives of CSEA members and/or the community at large.

The Walter H. Blice Award

This award is given to a CSEA member/political activist in recognition for outstanding political service on behalf of CSEA.

The Victory Club Circle of Stars

This award recognizes the outstanding effort chapters make to increase enrollment in the Victory Club.

Membership Unity Program & Award

This vital program helps chapters increase strength and unity by providing training and motivation for chapter activists participation in crucial chapter activities.