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 application for the 2021 Community Spirit Award is closed. Please check back in the Summer of 2022 to apply next year.

Congratulations to Sarup Singh Jhajj from Sahaita as the winner of the 2021 Community Spirit Award.

Sahaita is a nonprofit organization that provides resources that are readily available to underprivileged members of society in California, Canada & India. Sahaita provides scholarships to students of low-income families so they could pursue higher education without the burden of debt. Sahaita organizes clean-up efforts in which hundreds of volunteers donate hours of their time to pick up litter in our cities. To aid in COVID relief efforts, Sahaita continues to provide PPE care packages to the homeless, medical staff, and rideshare and truck drivers.

With 16 years of experience at Sahaita, Sarup encourages others to take action and make a difference for the better in their own communities. Sarup regularly drives out to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco and San Jose's Salvation Army to drop off food for the homeless. Other times he is at Sahaita's COVID relief stands organizing vaccine clinics or providing PPE equipment for medical workers, underprivileged families, and rideshare drivers. He spends hours at home organizing these COVID care packages which include masks, hand sanitizer, and gloves. We are proud to be able to recognize her volunteer efforts through this award.

Past Community Spirit Award Winners

2021 - Sarup Singh Jhajj, Sahaita

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

2021, Sarup Singh Jhajj, Sahaita