For Immediate ReleaseNovember 14, 2022
Extraordinary efforts recognized
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors has recognized 88 outstanding MarinShares volunteers and Marinterns students for their significant impacts while serving in county departments. The group includes three volunteers with 24 years of service each and a legal intern who served more than 2,000 hours.
Supervisors unanimously passed individual resolutions of commendation at their November 8 meeting. Honorees were active in 11 County departments in a wide range of roles.
Interns gained experience in the fields of public policy, health and wellness, the law, social services, child welfare, human resources, administrative support, and epidemiology.
Volunteers investigated financial abuse of elders, wrote newsletter articles, patrolled parks trails, preserved library materials, watched for wildfires, consulted on telehealth matters, helped library patrons, searched for lost hikers, supported restorative justice, ushered Marin Center theatergoers, and advocated for residents of long-term care facilities.
The honorees made significant impacts, completed their assignments, and were recommended for special honors by their immediate staff supervisors.
Marinterns Coordinator Joy Fossett highlighted students’ concern for people in need. “Intern honorees completed projects in social work, homelessness policy, child welfare, prescription drug misuse, and more,” she said. “It’s also exciting that these high school, college, and graduate students gained practical experience. All Marinterns explore public service careers while learning, and our honorees made the most of the opportunity.”
MarinShares Coordinator Anne Starr praised volunteer contributions. “As a community, we greatly benefitted from these honorees’ gifts of skills and time,” she said. “The majority in this group dedicated 10 years or more. Whether serving quietly behind the scenes or interacting directly with clients, they consistently put others first. They supplemented the work of paid staff and helped the County to enhance service to Marin residents.”
According to the most recent MarinShares and Marinterns annual impact report, more than 8,100 volunteers and interns served nearly 223,000 hours across County departments.
Participants are active as legal interns, peer counselors, Marin Teen Girl Ambassadors, fire lookouts, Marin Center ushers, consultants in several disciplines, child welfare interns, ombudsmen, parks and open space stewards, graphic designers, senior peer counselors, tutors, event volunteers, student nurses, writers, and much more.
The MarinShares and Marinterns programs engage a diverse group of people who share their talents and energy. To explore current opportunities and to apply, visit www.marincountyHR.org or contact Anne Starr at (415) 473-7167 for volunteering, and Joy Fossett at (415) 473-7447 for student internships.
Anne StarrVolunteer CoordinatorCounty of Marin
Marin County Civic Center3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 415San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7167Email: Anne Starrwww.marincounty.org/hr