For Immediate ReleaseAugust 16, 2017
Contributions enhanced customer service, provided work experience
San Rafael, CA – With a smile-filled ceremony August 15, the Marin County Board of Supervisors honored 187 outstanding volunteers and student interns who range in age from 9 ½ to 95 years old. The honorees completed their service with the Marin County Civic Center Volunteers program during the past year, each contributing from 50 to more than 3,400 hours, and from one semester to more than 25 years of service.
Honorees received formal resolutions of commendation. Assistant Director of Human Resources Lisa Baker emceed, and department leaders spoke about volunteers and interns’ impacts to County customer service.
This year’s honorees patrolled parks and waterways, ushered at Marin Center performances, counseled elders, marketed a Marin County Free Library summer reading program, inspected creeks, performed research, uprooted invasive plants from trails and hillsides, coordinated an arts and crafts fair, entered data, rebuilt picnic tables in parks, welcomed clients, completed office tasks, and much more. Volunteers supplemented services in 13 County departments.
“We are privileged to have dedicated, accomplished residents who share their knowledge, energy, and passion,” said Anne Starr, coordinator of volunteers for the Department of Human Resources. “These honorees brought experience in law, marketing, organizing, writing, management, teaching, and more to County departments. Their efforts supplemented the work of paid staff, and the County provided more service to the community than would otherwise have been possible.”
Student Internships Coordinator Joy Fossett said high school, college, and graduate students brought academic knowledge, curiosity, and a willingness to learn.
“Interns arrived eager to learn the ins and outs of their County roles,” Fossett said. “They showed great interest and enthusiasm in their projects while gaining workplace experience that will help them in their future careers. County internships help students learn firsthand about particular fields and test career paths. We loved the positive energy of this year’s honorees.”
Among the Civic Center Volunteers roles currently available are: Marin Civic Center tour docent, Library Beyond Walls liaison, clerical volunteer, public administration intern, land use planning intern, photographer, construction inspector intern, open space “broom buster,” social media intern, Marin Center theater usher, legal intern, newsletter writer, scribe for restorative justice program, Marin Law Library aide, and many more. Assignments sometimes can be designed to meet the interests and skills of a prospective volunteer or intern. To apply, visit www.marincounty.org and search “volunteer” or “internship.” Contact Anne Starr at 415-473-7167 and AStarr@marincounty.org for volunteering or Joy Fossett at 415-473-7447 and JFossett@marincounty.org for student internships.
CIVIC CENTER VOLUNTEERS 2017 HONOREES
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Anne StarrVolunteer CoordinatorCounty of Marin
Marin County Civic Center3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 403San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7167Email: Anne Starrwww.marincounty.org