On December 10, the College of Health and Human Services will host the 2020 Health and Human Services Hero Awards to recognize individuals who are making a bold difference right here in the Central Valley. We will highlight the nine honorees in our Heroes Blog Series.

Heroes20-SarahReid-smName: Sarah Reid

Occupation: Community Services Director, City of Reedley

Nominated by: The Department of Recreation Administration

As the Community Services Director for the City of Reedley, Sarah Reid’s job is built on community connections and engagement. Due to COVID-19, Reid had to adjust the way she and her team provided services to their community. They relied on drive-through events and virtual interactions, such as a senior cooking show via Facebook live, to reach their residents.

In her 18 years with the City of Reedley, this was the first time Reid had to modify her responsibilities – but she did so without skipping a beat. After all, representing the City of Reedley in her role and helping to enhance the quality of life for its residents is something that she takes great pride in.

“I absolutely love what I do,” Reid said. “I have been in Reedley most of my career and still find the same excitement and passion for the work I do. I now have the privilege of leading a team who are made up of fabulous professionals who know what being a public servant means. Our job is to serve the public and we strive to do this to the best of our abilities.”

Reid got her start in the recreation administration field at 16 as a lifeguard with the City of Sanger. She enjoyed the work so much that it led to her majoring in the field and later earning her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from Fresno State. Since then, she has not only staunchly advocated for the recreation profession, but for its future leaders. 

Each semester for the past eight years, Reid has coordinated a series of mock interviews for recreation administration students who are preparing for their internships. She recruits community professionals in the field, through her association with the California Parks and Recreation Society, to assist her with the interviews, which provides invaluable skills in ensuring students are career-ready. She also regularly supervises Fresno State students completing internships with the City of Reedley.

For Reid, this is just one way she can proudly serve her alma mater.

“After graduating from Fresno State, I felt very prepared to enter the workforce; and now I would like to show the same support for students going through the program,” Reid said. “It’s my time to give back.”

The 2020 Health and Human Services Hero Awards, which celebrates heroes from each of the seven departments, as well as centers and institutes within our college, will be held virtually this year. For more information on the event, contact Beth Wilkinson at bwilkinson@csufresno.edu.