Saffron Strand CEO and Executive Director Yvonne Nair has received a Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work in helping the homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area through Saffron Strand. Yvonne has accepted the Award “in behalf of every person and organization that helps to revitalize the lives and re-engage livelihoods of the homeless and others who are among the most vulnerable in our communities.”
In 1972, the American Institute for Public Service created the Jefferson Awards for Public Service as “a Nobel Prize for community and public service.” Among the founders of the Institute were Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (First Lady during the presidency of John F. Kennedy) and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. In recent years, the Jefferson Awards have been given at both the national and local levels with the mission “to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America.”
Wikipedia notes: “From the beginning, the Jefferson Awards has been based on a simple idea. One of the most powerful ideas in the world. One person can make a difference. That is the heart of democracy at work.” For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Awards_for_Public_Service.
For details of Yvonne’s Jefferson Award for Public Service, click here.