The Volunteer Hayward program has the honor of nominating Norm Kaiser for his generosity during the annual Adopt-a-Family program. The goal of the program is to provide a memorable holiday experience for residents in the greater Hayward area that are facing financial hardships.
In 2000 Norm began to donate to the program by coordinating a group of coworkers to participate as donors. Donors are provided a list of needs and wants for a family, and then shop anonymously for the gifts. Throughout the years Norm has changed companies and his team has gone from coworkers to family and friends, but throughout the life changes he consistently takes on five to six large families each year.
On top of being a donor, in 2002 Norm started to volunteer on the day of the event when the gifts are given out to the families. He and his team show up every year and help out in any way they can for the event. For the past 18 years he has brought joy to countless families in the Hayward community and this holiday program would not be possible if it were not for caring individuals like Norm.