Kerry is no stranger to service, and can be found participating in Humanitarian efforts for members, students and the community.
For CSEA, Kerry is a jacketed steward and has served four years on the CSEA Board of Directors. She has attended numerous trainings over her 18 years as a CSEA member.
For her students at Troy High School, she makes sure each year that kids that cannot afford a yearbook but really want one receive one. She also helps under-privileged students prepare for prom, connecting them with gently used prom dresses, tuxedo rentals, flowers, and more to make their night special.
For the greater community, she has coached baseball, softball and soccer teams. Kerry instills a greater sense of service into the children she coaches, getting them to also volunteer in Meals on Wheels. Aside from this, she has been active in her church for the last 39 years, and runs their “compassion café” every weekend she is not busy with CSEA. She has led youth groups and missions to Mexico, Chile and Ecuador to build homes and a learning center.
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:
2019 Kerry Woods, Fullerton High Chapter 82
2018 Tammy Affonso, Santa Rosa Chapter 75
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
Every year, CSEA members are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their union and the students they serve.
Activist of the Year Award
California Classified Employee of the Year Award
California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year
Humanitarian of the Year Award
Life Member and Honor Roll
Member of the Year Award
Membership Unity Program & Award
Outstanding Service Awards
Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award
Victory Club Circle of Stars
Walter H. Blice Award