The Community Spirit Award will be given to one volunteer each year who exemplifies the commitment to community service and "can-do" spirit of Giants Community Fund Board Member Emeritus, Isabelle Lemon. The Fund wishes to encourage and reward others for stepping up to create positive change in the communities in which they live and work. The award winner will be honored and presented with a $2500 grant for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to which they are committed as a volunteer.
The applications for the 2020 Community Spirit Award are closed. Please check back in the Summer of 2021 to apply next year.
Congratulations to Elaine Bostwick Smith from Fresh Lifelines for Youth as the winner of the 2020 Community Spirit Award.
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is a nonprofit that serves youth in the juvenile justice system and those at risk by interrupting the pipeline to prison and supporting youth on their path to healthy, free, and productive lives.
As a long-time volunteer known as “Grandma” to the youth of the organization, Elaine’s work through FLY’s Speech Committee provides young people with the tools they need to tell their stories in a strengths-based and empowering way to help them gain personal and professional skills. Elaine takes part in any way she can, from providing rides to meetings, taking youth shopping for professional clothes and providing a sense of family by hosting gatherings at her home. Most importantly, she serves as a safe person to support their growth and transformation into community leaders through her love and acceptance. We are proud to be able to recognize her volunteer efforts through this award.
Past Community Spirit Award Winners
2020 – Elaine Bostwick Smith, Fresh Lifelines for Youth
2019 - Marimo Berk, The Creekside School
2018 - Shafia Zaloom, Aim High
2017 - Michele Huntzinger, StandUp For Kids - Silicon Valley
2016 - Marty Devitt, Community Action of Napa Valley
2015 - Doniece Sandoval, Lava Mae
2014 - Patricia Conte, Family Giving Tree
2013 - Judy Heyboer, Friends for Youth, Inc.
2012 - Daniel Andrist, San Francisco Education Fund
2011 - Judy Grossman, ASAP at Mission High School
2010 - Elyce Melmon, Kara
2009 - Gina Fromer, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
2008 - Jennifer Dizon, Youth and Family Enrichment Services
2007 - Martha Ryan, Homeless Prenatal Program