PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale honored its volunteers Thursday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Chimbole Cultural Center .
The event was themed “Most Valued Person (MVP)” and remarks were made by Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs.
“This year’s theme is very appropriate, your enthusiasm and dedication truly make you our Most Valued Persons, and you make our team a true winner!” Ledford said. “It is a tradition for the city of Palmdale to set aside one day each year to celebrate your commitment to our community.”
In addition to a lunch catered by Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Palmdale, volunteers were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative pin.
The city of Palmdale has more than 250 volunteers on record, donating time in City programs that include the sports and equestrian programs, Legacy Commons, Palmdale Playhouse, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Neighborhood Services, Adopt-a-Wall, Palmdale City Library, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark and various city offices.
In 2014 alone, volunteers contributed 28,859 hours of service, which, according to the Independent Sector, adds up to $760,146.06 worth of service to the city.
Additionally, 1,169 residents provided 4,893 hours of service at community service days, such as Division and Conquer, Desert Reveal and Beds, Paths & Beyond, which is an additional $128,881.62.
“Throughout our community, countless individuals volunteer their time at local schools, churches, charitable organizations and service organizations,” said Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones. “They are engaged, and most importantly, making a difference in their community. Engagement is not just volunteering of time – it means sharing your skills, ideas and passion with the community. Things like attending City Council Meetings, taking the Palmdale Partners Academy class, getting involved in activities at schools, churches and service club – all ways to become engaged.”
“If you’re looking for a way to get engaged in your community, please call 661-267-5473 or visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/ServiceDays for announcements of volunteer opportunities, service days, community presentations and events,” Jones said.