Save Our Shores (SOS), is happy to announce our 2014 Volunteers of the Year: Kenny Palmer and Dee Tannenbaum. Both Kenny and Dee have given so much to Save Our Shores and put their hearts into everything they do. SOS celebrates and appreciates their dedication, drive and passion to protect our Sanctuary and inspire others to do the same.
What does it take to be a SOS Sanctuary Steward? All it takes is dedication to protect our coastline and a Big Blue Heart! SOS volunteers come from all different backgrounds and all have their own, unique set of skills, creating a dynamic team that can get anything accomplished.
SOS has programs stretched across the Monterey Bay, from Santa Cruz to Big Sur. With so many projects, it is only natural that Sanctuary Steward Volunteers find their niche. Dee Tannenbaum has been a core Steward in the Santa Cruz area, leading tabling events, and helping with office projects, beach cleanups and special events.
Dee reflects on her work with SOS, “It’s been so rewarding to be a part of an organization that so effectively engages the community to Save Our Shores.”
As we travel down the coast, we step into Kenny Palmer’s world. Kenny has led almost every SOS event in Monterey County, and even makes the trip up the coast to help in Santa Cruz. Kenny is well-spoken and has the ability to inspire those he works with.
“The coolest thing is being rewarded for something I love doing. I don’t do it for the recognition, I do it for the good times and good karma,” says Kenny, “I keep thinking about it as the steward crew of the year. There’s 25-30 of us that always come through when needed. And we always have a blast!”
If you would like to get involved and join the SOS Sanctuary Steward family, head to the next training on Thursday, May 15 from 5:30 to 9 pm at the SOS office in the Santa Cruz Harbor.
The evening will include in-depth information about SOS’ history and current programs, will inspire you to speak up against plastic pollution and prepare you to get your hands in the sand with beach cleanup training. The Sanctuary Stewards Program is a fulfilling experience with a commitment of 50 fun and rewarding hours a year. Sanctuary Stewards are the backbone of SOS and are true guardians of our coast. If you want to be an active part of the team, then this is the training for you!
The training will be held at the SOS office, 345 Lake Ave. Suite A in the Santa Cruz Harbor. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided for participants, so please RSVP. This short crash course is a great leap toward becoming an integral part of the SOS team.