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Press Release
County of Orange Seal COUNTY OF ORANGE

April 7, 2003
Contact: Diane Thomas
Three Volunteer Programs Win Acts of Caring Awards
(Santa Ana, CA)- Local programs that encourage literacy and protect senior citizens will be recognized at this year's National Association of Counties (NACo) Acts of Caring Awards. The winners include the Orange County Public Library, the Office on Aging in partnership with the Council on Aging, and Probation Community Action Association (PCAA) in partnership with Orange County Revitalization.

"This award is one of the most prestigious national awards granted to organizations that have made a positive and lasting impact within the community through volunteerism," said Jane Dawson, Manager of Volunteer Resources. "The winners from Orange County were selected for their outstanding accomplishments and success in pairing community volunteers with local government."

Orange County Public Library won for its Families for Literacy program (READ), aimed at strengthening the literacy skills of undereducated adults and children under five. Community volunteers read stories, distribute books and prepare neighborhood children for entering kindergarten. Their goal is to demonstrate that reading is rewarding and fun.

The Office on Aging, in partnership with the Council on Aging won for promoting older adult self-sufficiency and abuse prevention. The agency also won praise for its advocacy on behalf of senior citizens.

PCAA and Orange County Revitalization won for their “Story Time” program. This partnership successfully encourages literacy within the County’s unincorporated communities. PCAA will receive special recognition as this year’s only recipient of the Youth Literacy Mentoring Award.

There were 24 programs chosen from more than 100 nominations, all of which will be recognized on April 9 during an awards ceremony at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. Acts of Caring awards honor community services provided by a County-sponsored volunteer program that enhances or preserves quality of life.