2020 Be the Difference Award Nominees

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MEET OUR 2020 BE THE DIFFERENCE AWARD NOMINEES

We are so proud to celebrate the nominees for this year's Be the Difference Awards. We'll highlight their work during our Watch Party Celebration on October 21st and we hope you will join us! In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about each nominee below.

To highlight the immensely diverse work of volunteers in Santa Cruz County, this year we've chosen to group our nominees by the causes they support.

Learn More About The Be the Difference Awards

Our Top 5 Nominees- Meet Our 2020 Winners

Our fabulous team of Judges had the challenging job of selecting 5 nominees from among our 55 to receive top honors.

FOSTER ANDERSEN

PENNY COTTER

YOUTH N.O.W

MEET ALL NOMINEES

This year we've organized our nominees by the key causes they advocate for:

 

• Equitable and Inclusive Communities

• Strong and Successful Families

• Social and Economic Justice

• Green and Sustainable Communities

• Empowering Youth to Succeed

• Health and Dignity for All People

• Pandemic and Fire Response

 

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UCSC MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC LAB

Building More Equitable & Inclusive Communities

Honoring those nominees who actively strive to build a more equitable and inclusive community through their efforts.

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ARTS COUNCIL SANTA CRUZ CO.

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MEET VNES ELY

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RACHEL ANNE GOODMAN

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MADIHA GRIFFITHS

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WREN REEVES

Watsonville Works

MEET WATSONVILLE WORKS

Building Strong & Successful Families

Honoring those nominees who put families at the heart of everything they do and stand beside them in tough times.

Felicia Davidson

MEET FELICA DAVIDSON

David Lyng

MEET DAVID LYNG REAL ESTATE

Cradle 2 Career

MEET CRADLE 2 CAREER

Cherry Maurer

MEET CHERRY MAURER

PVPSA

MEET PVPSA

Sandy Warren

MEET SANDY WARREN

Promoting Social & Economic Justice

Honoring those nominees who inspire us with their hard work, commitment, and solutions to restore social and economic justice.

Community Partnership

COMMUNITY EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT WORKGROUP

Day Workers Center Sign

THE DAY WORKER CENTER ADVISORY BOARD

Santa Cruz Friends of the library

THE FRIENDS OF THE SANTA CRUZ LIBRARIES

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 GOLDEN HAMMER CREW

Scott Roseman

MEET SCOTT ROSEMAN

Wings Homeless Advocacy

WINGS HOMELESS ADVOCACY

Making our Community Green & Sustainable

Honoring those nominees who make our community greener, more sustainable and cultivate a love for our natural world.

Phyllis Shreve

 PHYLLIS SHREVE

Nisene Marks

ADVOCATES FOR NISENE MARKS

Watsonville Wetlands Watch

WATSONVILLE WETLANDS WATCH

Linda Mandel

LINDA MANDEL

Farm Discovery

FARM DISCOVERY

Tiny Pug Rescue

TINY PAWS PUG RESCUE

Wendy Mcdonnell

WENDY MCDONNELL

Empowering Youth to Succeed

Honoring those nominees who devote themselves to empowering youth to realize their dreams.

Mireya

MEET MIREYA GOMEZ-CONTRERAS

Monte Vista Christian School

MONTE VISTA HS HONOR SOCIETY

LBGT

QUEER, TRANS, & ALLY YOUTH COUNCIL

Green Grizzles

PAJARO VALLEY HIGH GREEN GRIZZLIES

Linda Burroughs

LINDA BURROUGHS

Stacey Kyle

STACEY KYLE

Free 2 Be a Kid Website

FREE 2 BE A KID

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DIGITAL NEST

Providing Health & Dignity For All People

Honoring those nominees who create a vibrant and healthy community for us all.

Christina Borbley

CHRISTINA BORBELY

Hopes Closet

HOPES CLOSET

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REBEKAH CRILL

Bob Geyer

BOB GEYER

Mary and Mike Ericksen

MEET MARY & MIKE ERICKSON

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SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

PAJARO VALLEY LOAVES & FISHES

SC Arboretum

UCSC ARBORETUM VOLUNTEERS

Met Critical Needs With the Pandemic & Fire Disaster Response

Honoring those nominees who have helped us respond to Covid and rebuild from the devastating fires.

Jec Ballou

JEC BALLOU

Stephanie Barron Lu

STEPHANIE BARRON LU

Teri Dakan

TERI DAKEN

Jesus Lopez

JESUS LOPEZ

SC County Animal Shelter

SC COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

Mountain Community Resources

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Twin Lakes Church

MEET TWIN LAKES CHURCH

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VICTORY VEGGIES VOLUNTEERS

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