FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 1997 Contact: Diane Thomas (714) 834-6203
Volunteer Coordinator To Stretch County Resources
(SANTA ANA) - To increase service to the public through the support of volunteers, the County of Orange has hired its first volunteer coordinator, Jane Dawson, an experienced volunteer program manager and a volunteer herself, announced Jan Mittermeier, County of Orange chief executive officer.
Dawson moves to the staff of the chief executive office from a three-year stint in the County’s Health Care Agency where she coordinated volunteerism for Project Together. She previously managed a volunteer program for the Cerritos Senior Center and also worked for the Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County.
In 1995 Dawson received an outstanding achievement award from the Orange County chapter of DOVIA, Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, for successful coordination of a volunteer program.
She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and human services from California State University at Fullerton and holds a certificate in volunteer program management and administration from the University of California at Irvine.
In addition to her professional affiliations, Dawson has been a volunteer child advocate for the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center in Orange and currently helps raise funds for the City of Hope.
"I believe that we have only just begun to tap the potential benefits of volunteerism in County government, and that’s why I asked the County CEO to craft the volunteer coordinator’s position from an existing unfilled vacancy," said Second District Supervisor James W. Silva. "Our commitment to volunteer support can help existing staff better utilize their time and, thereby, stretch our resources. We expect the new volunteer coordinator to assist current volunteer programs within the County and to reach out into the community to tap new sources for volunteers."
Persons interested in volunteering with the County may call Dawson at 834-7440.
"We’re very grateful for the volunteers who are already making significant contributions in our libraries, at Juvenile Hall, in the Probation Department, in the Sheriff’s Drug Use is Life Abuse effort, in search and rescue, and in many other areas of County government," said Mittermeier. "There is a wealth of talent within the county that can help us continue to supply quality service without adding to the budget."