Volunteer Hours Valued at $24 Million
(Santa Ana, CA) - Wednesday morning the Board of
Supervisors will honor volunteers at the eighth annual Countywide volunteer
recognition ceremony. More than 26,000 volunteers donated 942,097 hours of
service valued at approximately $24 million in avoided costs for County
government in 2003.
This year’s honorees will be recognized at 8:30 a.m. following a 7:15 a.m.
reception. The ceremony will be held in the Board hearing room on the first
floor of the Hall of Administration (HOA), 10 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana.
Certificates will be presented during the awards ceremony and photo opportunities
will immediately follow the event.
The honorees include two volunteer groups and 52 individuals. Volunteers range
in age from 13 to 82 and encompass students, people in mid-career, stay-at-home
parents and retirees. Each makes a valuable and distinct contribution
to the County.
Eighty-two-year-old, Mollie Burke, of Dana Point, has dedicated 20 years and
countless hours to San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. Burke started volunteering
at the library when it first opened. She took the initiative to organize a
guided tour program as a way of providing visitors with a more in-depth
understanding of the library’s history and architecture. Twenty years later,
the tours are still an important part of the San Juan Capistrano Architectural
Walk, and proceeds are donated to the Friends of the Library to support library
services and programs. As a tribute to her dedication and many years of service,
the bookstore has been renamed the "Mollie Burke Bookstore."
Since 1996, Sister Rose Marie Redding of Orange has dedicated her time to the
mission of the Catholic Detention Ministry. Sister Rose Marie has volunteered
more than 3,640 hours and made 8,570 contacts with incarcerated individuals.
She visits minors in all of the juvenile facilities throughout Orange County.
Each week, she counsels and provides spiritual guidance to the youth and tries
to encourage good choices to build more secure future.
Reserve Investigator George Tuttle of Anaheim has served as a level one reserve
Deputy with the Sheriff’s Department for 26 years. For many of those years, he
volunteered with the Reserves while he was still employed with Rockwell International
as Vice President of Navigation and Control. After retiring from Rockwell, he
devoted more time to the Sheriff’s Department and currently spends 40 or more hours
each week in his assignment. Tuttle personally made the County’s first arrests of
sex offenders who failed to meet the requirements of Megan’s Law.
"Our valued volunteers have many different backgrounds, interests, careers and
reasons for volunteering," said CEO James Ruth. "Because of this diversity, they
bring an array of experience and expertise to their roles and enhance our existing
services and programs. I commend them all for their generosity and dedication."
More information on the County’s volunteer recognition ceremony, directions to the
HOA and parking instructions are available online at
You can access County agencies and departments online at www.oc.ca.gov.