Dr. Charles Garfield has been recognized internationally as the founder of Shanti, a widely acclaimed volunteer organization, and the Shanti National Training Institute (SNTI). For nearly thirty years, he has pioneered the development of service oriented volunteer organizations and the training of volunteers in a wide variety of applications. For his work with Shanti and for originating the Shanti model of peer support, Garfield was named National Activist of the Year—one of America's highest awards to individuals making voluntary contributions in public service. He has also received recognition by grateful cities and organizations large and small, e.g. a Mayor's Day in his honor in San Francisco, key to the city of Schenectady, New York, and many others.