2009 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards Winners

California’s Volunteer of the Year

Tom Zimmerman

Tom co-founded the Extreme Science Program for low-income Latino high school students in the Bay Area, which creates extreme science activities to show how exciting science can be. He is expanding his efforts to the college level, mentoring minority students who are developing innovative solar collectors and electric cars, and works with Youth Radio, a nonprofit multimedia organization serving young people of color, teaching an electronic drum workshop so his Latino students could learn video editing.

California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

From 2001 to 2009, more than 5,000 of PG&E’s employees had volunteered with the California State Park Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program. In partnership with a variety of nonprofits throughout California, PG&E has also been involved with more than 500 employee volunteer events in past years.

California’s Nonprofit Leader of the Year

David Levinson

David is the founder and director of Big Sunday weekend, an annual 50,000 volunteer two-day event across Southern California, serving more than 300 nonprofit organizations, engaging people across faith, ethnic, economic, cultural and other boundaries.