FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Tuesday honored the 1,300 people who volunteer to help with such county services as libraries, parks and historical records.
The Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on volunteers. Then it had a midmorning reception in the lobby to its chamber for dozens of volunteers who attended the board meeting.
“You are truly the backbone of our community, in all aspects of the work you do,” Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan said.
Board Chairwoman Linda Seifert quoted Gandhi’s saying that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. That’s what the volunteers do, she said.
“It’s not only saving money and resources,” Seifert said, adding the quality of life people in the county experience is enhanced by the volunteers.
Solano County Library alone has more than 590 volunteers, many of them for the adult literacy program. The University of California Cooperative Extension program has 314 volunteers for its 4-H youth program and Master Gardener program. More than 200 residents serve on county boards and commissions.
County Senior Management Analyst Stephen Pierce called Matt Pendergast the county’s “uber-volunteer.” Pendergast volunteered more than 1,400 hours in 2013, working with the county’s search-and-rescue team and keeping track of volunteer training data for the Office of Emergency Services.
Pendergast said his inspiration for volunteering came from his best friend – who has since died – who volunteered and got him involved in search-and-rescue.
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