Top Awards to Volunteers at boys team charity Orinda TeamMates

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    Once again, boys team charity (btc) Orinda TeamMates logged 1,849 volunteer hours in and around the community during the 2021-22 membership year.
    Orinda TeamMates volunteered at a wide range of organizations: White Pony Express, 10,000 Lunches, Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, Wagner Ranch Nature Center, Monument Crisis Center and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.
At the annual year-end meeting in May, many of the boys were recognized for their outstanding commitment serving their community.
    Class of 2024’s Casey Scheiner was commended for logging the most philanthropic hours among all btc Orinda TeamMates. In Scheiner’s first year volunteering, he registered 100 service hours. Some of his favorite projects included the Trinity Center, Grateful Gatherings and White Pony Express.
    Along with others from the Class of 2024, Scheiner worked at the Trinity Center to hand out blankets and other necessities at the daytime homeless shelter.
    He talked about his experience at the shelter.
    “I really appreciated getting to talk with people in the shelter and see the direct impact the shelter had on their lives,” said Scheiner.
    At White Pony Express, Scheiner worked in the food rescue service, sorting good produce from bad and assembling bags of groceries for individuals and families.
    Scheiner also worked with TeamMates on a project for Grateful Gatherings. Tasked with setting up an apartment for a family in need, the team did everything, from hanging decorations to moving furniture to setting up the TV.
    “I will never forget the moment at the end when the family entered the apartment,” said Scheiner. “So much joy and gratitude! It was clear what a huge impact Grateful Gatherings had made on the family’s life.”
    Luke Lamison (Class of 2022) achieved the highest cumulative philanthropic service hours earned across his six years with btc Orinda. He earned over 140 cumulative hours, working extensively with Aspire Education Project – Community Reading Buddies, which he founded. Lamison plans to study business and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall.
    Nine TeamMates were recognized with the Single A Award (25+ hours) during the League year: Kellen Baker, Carson Beury, Charlie Burke, Aidan Chan, Michael Gkatzimas, Luke Lamison, Ryan Sinnreich, Andrew Sinnreich and Hayden Westover. Salman Aseem, Sulaiman Aseem and Logan Letulle – were awarded the Double A Award (50+ hours). Kyle Odmark was awarded the Triple A Award (75+ hours).
    Additional recognition was given to the TeamMate who earned the most philanthropy hours in each class year during the league year. Awards were presented to: Luke Lamison (2022), Kyle Odmark (2023), Casey Scheiner (2024), Sulaiman Aseem (2025), Logan Letulle (2026) and Salman Aseem (2027).
    The Class of 2023 was recognized as the class with the most total volunteer hours, with over 375 hours.
    In addition to the btc awards, several TeamMates were honored to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. This award is given to TeamMates who earn 50+ hours (ages 15 and under) or 100+ hours (age 16 and up). Recipients included Casey Scheiner (’24), Sulaiman Aseem (’25), Logan Letulle (’26) and Salman Aseem (’27).
    The boys team charity is a volunteer service organization dedicated to developing an altruistic spirit in young men through active participation of parents and sons in philanthropic projects in their communities. 
    Teams of seventh through twelfth grade boys, along with their coaches (parents), work together to provide hands-on support to non-profit charity organizations in local communities. In addition to providing valuable community service, the organization strives to promote personal growth, strengthen family relationships, develop team skills and provide educational opportunities for young men.
    For more information about btc Orinda League, visit https://btcorinda.chapterweb.net/c_default.aspx.

Michelle Bea can be reached at michelle@michellebea.com.

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