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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

April 12, 2002
Contact: Diane Thomas
Salutes Volunteers for Services Valued at $28 Million
(SANTA ANA) – County volunteers are priceless and ageless. In 2001, volunteers collectively logged close to 925,000 service hours valued at $28 million. Ranging in age from 15 to 93 years-old, the oldest and youngest honorees are represented among the 40 volunteer individuals and six groups selected for special recognition by the Board of Supervisors.

The sixth annual countywide Volunteer Recognition Ceremony is set for 8:30 a.m., April 17 in the Board Hearing Room on the first floor of the Hall of Administration (HOA), 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana. A pre-awards reception begins at 7:45 a.m. in the HOA first floor lobby.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will convene in special session to present recognition awards to honorees for partnering with the County in providing service to the community.

Senior honoree Antonio “Tone” Correa, is a 93-year-old volunteer with READ/Orange County. He has contributed more than 1,400 service hours since joining the program in 1996. Correa provided literacy assistance to adults to enhance reading skills needed to become U.S. citizens. He also helped limited-English high school students earn high school equivalency diplomas.

The youngest honoree this year is Arthur To, a community-minded 15-year-old high school student. He helped the OC Public Library create a New Employee Orientation welcome video and contributed technical expertise and creativity in filming, editing, graphics and sound.

“County government is charged with providing many services that range from law enforcement, inoculations against disease, mental health services and code enforcement,” said Michael Schumacher, CEO. “Volunteers help us extend those services.

“These dedicated individuals tend babies in the Orangewood nursery, act as mentors to troubled youth, provide literacy assistance and even team with our Sheriff’s Department personnel for search and rescue,” said Schumacher. “The hours they contribute are far more significant than the dollar figure we attach to them. We’re all very grateful for their service.”

The County’s 21,000 volunteers – including community volunteers, student interns, Park Ranger and Sheriff reserves – collectively logged close to 925,000 service hours valued at $28 million during 2001. The volunteer student interns and reserves represent 13 County agencies, departments and four external groups.

More information on the County salute to volunteers, directions to the HOA and parking instructions are available online at http://www.ocgov.com/hr/volunteer/volunteerrecognition.asp. You can access County agencies and departments online at www.ocgov.com.


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