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Volunteers honored at luncheon

Posted: April 25, 2009 8:48 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
On Monday, April 13, volunteers of Los Angeles County were honored at the 27th Volunteer of the Year Recognition Awards luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of National Volunteer Week.

Last year more than 55,000 individuals donated more than 3.9 million hours of service to numerous programs throughout Los Angeles County. Of the 80 individuals honored at this event, at least four were from the Santa Clarita Valley.

Don Fleming was nominated by Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office for his service.

The two youth honorees included Christina Schadler, who volunteers 20 to 25 hours per week at the Castaic Animal Shelter, and Brandon Zulava, a certified Fire Explorer, who has given more than 720 hours of his time to the Fire Department.

I was also honored by the Natural History Museum for my work at William S. Hart Park and the Hart Park Gift Store for donating hundreds of hours of my time.

Volunteering is the life blood of a functioning society and saved the taxpayers of L.A. County more than $77 million dollars this past year.

The Signal needs to recognize that there are hundreds of people in our community who willingly give their time to the schools, hospitals, libraries, law enforcement agencies, and senior and youth centers, to name but a few.

A really big “Thank you!” should be given to all of those who donate their time to make the Santa Clarita Valley a better place to live.

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