Sacramento County is proud to announce and recognize the 9,346 volunteers/student interns who contributed 381,333 hours to County programs in 2016, which calculates to $10,699,076.32 worth of service; the quality of life in our region has been thereby enhanced for our residents.
Departments served by these individuals and groups include Airports, Animal Care and Regulation, Health and Human Services, Parks, Probation, Sheriff and Waste Management and Recycling.
Multiple examples of contributions roused a full range of emotions during a recognition ceremony today, from compassion to concern.
One volunteer group that was recognized was Sacramento Teen/Animal Membership program (S.T.A.M.P.). S.T.A.M.P. consists of 12-18 year old participants and meets every other Saturday and Sunday at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter. They happily complete basic shelter cleaning tasks and creative projects, alike, and play with the shelter animals. Their very successful pet reading program was recognized nationally with inclusion in the PBS documentary series, “Shelter Me” which spotlights unique and innovative programs that have a direct and positive impact on the animals within municipal shelters.
Grab a tissue before watching this video of S.T.A.M.P. members at work in our shelter.
Like myriad counties across the country, Sacramento is experiencing an increase in opioid addiction and accidental overdoses. Megan Key was honored today for donating 300 hours over a six-month period to Sacramento County Public Health in its work toward reducing opioid abuse, overdoses and deaths in Sacramento County. Megan Key is the primary author of the “Sacramento Prescription Drug Surveillance Report, 2015.” She helped the Epidemiology Unit to provide insightful interpretation of trends in opioid prescribing, develop recommended actions, and establish concrete goals for the County and Sacramento Area Opioid Taskforce.
There will be a re-play of today’s ceremony on Friday, April 28, during the airing of the
Board of Supervisors meeting which begins at 6 p.m. on channel 14.
If you would like to volunteer for the County of Sacramento, please visit: http://www.saccounty.net/Government/GetInvolved/Pages/Volunteer.aspx