Kiwanis Angel Award 2014

Allan Berkowitz, Environmental Volunteers

The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto is pleased to announce that Allan Berkowitz will receive the third annual Kiwanis Angel Award at a public reception on Thursday, October 23, 5:30–7:30 PM, at the Sheraton Palo Alto.

Allan Berkowitz is being honored for his work as Executive Director of Environmental Volunteers http://www.evols.org. Founded in 1972, Environmental Volunteers (The EV) provides hands-on science and nature education through classroom-based programs, summer camps, and the EcoCenter at the Palo Alto Baylands. The organization’s goal is for children to learn about and be inspired by the natural world so that they will become responsible stewards of the Earth.

Allan’s leadership has resulted in a program of environmental education that has mobilized hundreds of docent volunteers and touched tens of thousands of schoolchildren and their families over the fourteen years of his tenure. Just this past year, the organization tallied over 7000 hours of teaching volunteer support and served over 9,600 students in 50 local schools.

Through their conversations and thank-you letters, students share their enthusiasm about what they have learned and experienced, and teachers say that sometimes students discover a new love that transforms their school work and attitude. Students have even started recycling and waste reduction programs at their schools.

Through Allan’s vision and persistence, the EcoCenter was created from the historic Sea Scout building. It has expanded opportunities for families visiting the Palo Alto Baylands with program space, public events, an art gallery, a smartphone app, and educational touchscreen displays. In addition, Allan spearheaded the development of a one-stop educational resources web site for teachers, Science by Nature http://sciencebynature.org. A collaborative science education model he created has been adopted by the State of California and is being replicated in several other cities and states.

The Kiwanis Angel Award is given to an individual in the Palo Alto area who has had a significant positive impact on children and youth. Past recipients are Robert Freeman, founder and Executive Director of One Dollar for Life http://www.odfl.org and Christa Gannon, founder and Executive Director of Fresh Lifelines for Youth http://flyprogram.org.

The award to Allan Berkowitz will be presented at the October 23 fundraising event, featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a short ceremony. An award of $1,500 will go to Environmental Volunteers, and proceeds from the evening will benefit the Kiwanis International/UNICEF initiative, The Eliminate Project, to eliminate the tetanus that kills mothers and 60,000 newborns in the developing world each year http://www.theeliminateproject.org

Proceeds from the Kiwanis Angel Award benefit Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project

Email to Rick Stern with any questions.