PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has over 200 volunteers on record who devote tens of thousands of hours to different City departments each year.
Those men and women were honored Thursday afternoon at the City’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center.
“This year’s theme is Volunteers are the Pride of Palmdale, and it is appropriate,” said Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones. “This is a community with a lot of engagement, a lot of involvement, and we are absolutely so proud of the efforts of the number of people who come out and give endless hours of time to our many programs.”
About 100 of the City’s 200 volunteers attended Thursday’s luncheon.
They were recognized for devoting countless hours to various City departments and programs, including the Recreation and Culture Department, Palmdale Playhouse, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, Palmdale City Library, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), and Legacy Commons for Active Seniors.
Volunteers were awarded certificates of recognition from the City of Palmdale and from California Assemblymember Steve Fox, 36th Assembly District.
“The strength that our volunteers bring to our day-to-day programs here in the City of Palmdale makes all the difference in the world. We couldn’t be who we are without you, and we just want to be able to say thanks,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford told the volunteers.
Military veteran James Bryant said he volunteers once a month at Legacy Commons for Active Seniors, and he has done so for the past three years.
“I think it’s essential to be able to help people, especially since we’re all seniors,” Bryant said. “I enjoy the opportunity, and as long as they feel that I’m providing a service, I’m happy to do it.”
Joshie Jacobs began volunteering with the City’s Adopt-A-Wall program in 2010, and she is also a Neighbor Watch Block Captain.
“We take pride in what we’re doing,” Jacobs said. “When I wake up in the morning, I want to go out and look at my home with pride that this is my neighborhood. This is where I’m investing my money.”
To find out how to volunteer for the City of Palmdale, contact Volunteer Coordinator Trish Jones at 661-267-5181 or visit http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/pbp/volunteer.asp.