City Merit Awards Recipients

2021's Outstanding Volunteers Receive Merit Awards

City of Santa Rosa recognizes 16 individuals and groups for selfless giving amid the pandemic

Sixteen extraordinary individuals and organizations have been selected for 2021 Merit Awards by the City of Santa Rosa. They are recognized for outstanding volunteerism in serving the community and improving the quality of life in Santa Rosa. This year’s awards are the 39th presentation and are especially poignant in that they recognize many selfless acts of volunteerism performed amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This year, as we celebrate Thanksgiving, I am more grateful than ever to honor our Merit Award recipients for their contributions during such a difficult time,” said Mayor Chris Rogers. “These are the people and organizations who make Santa Rosa strong, and who have provided sparks of hope and selfless support – even amid unprecedented hardship. On behalf of the City of Santa Rosa and our community, I am grateful and humbled to recognize and honor them.”

Please join us in celebrating this year's awardees, click on the corresponding links below to learn more about them and their exceptional efforts on behalf of our community!

  1. Bayside Church

    Bayside Church


  1. Common Ground Society

    Common Ground Society


  1. Katie Sanchez

    Katie Sanchez


  1. Memphis Roetter

    Memphis Roetter


  1. Sonoma County Acts of Kindness

    Sonoma County Acts of Kindness


  1. Efrain Nava

    Efrain Nava


  1. Rebekah Thomas

    Rebekah Thomas


  1. Paulina Lopez

    Paulina Lopez


  1. The Bird Rescue Center

    The Bird Rescue Center


  1. Elishas Pantry

    Elisha's Pantry


  1. Marilyn Lane

    Marilyn Lane


  1. Riya Ramkrishnan

    Riya Ramkrishnan


  1. Shawn Hanna

    Shawn Hanna


  1. Sonoma County Vet Connect

    Sonoma County Vet Connect


  1. Brayden Hall

    Brayden Hall


  1. United Womens Group

    United Womens Group