October 3, 2007
Albert Camarillo and family to be recognized with La Familia Award
Albert Camarillo, the Miriam and Peter Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service, and his family will receive the 2007 La Familia Award, the highest honor of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, on Oct. 13.
Presented annually to a family demonstrating "exemplary commitment and volunteer service to the community," the award will be presented at the 18th Annual Hispanic Charity Ball in San Jose. For more than 10 years, the Camarillos have worked with Shelter Network, a nonprofit organization providing housing and support services to homeless people on the Peninsula. Camarillo, who serves on the network's board of directors, helped to pilot a "Family to Family" program that encourages families to volunteer alongside other families living at one of the network's shelters.
Camarillo also created a course at Stanford called Poverty and Homelessness in America to make students aware of problems in their community and make public service a part of campus life. Camarillo's wife, Susan, a counselor at Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough, is a member of the support committee for the Shelter Network's Haven Family House in Menlo Park. The Camarillo children are involved in public service in their communities, as well. Jeffrey, 28, works at a middle school in Compton, Calif., where his father grew up, and is involved with the East Palo Alto Mural Art Project. Jeffrey and his brother Greg, 25, a wide receiver with the San Diego Chargers, cofounded Charging Forward for Academic and Athletic Success, an organization that rewards student achievements in the classroom and on the field. The youngest Camarillo, Lauren, 19, is a sophomore at the University of California-Los Angeles and created Hip-Hop Haven, a program that teaches dance to children receiving assistance from Shelter Network. During her freshman year, Lauren also worked with UniCamp, UCLA's official student charity.