OC Community Services OC Public Libraries Costa Mesa - Mesa Verde Branch Library
ACTION: What does the volunteer do?
Phillip Mansour began volunteering at the Mesa Verde Branch Library during the summer of 2007. As a teen volunteer with the library’s Summer Reading Program he completed a total of 76 hours between 2007 and 2011. His efforts helped hundreds of children improve their reading skills and discover the wonderful array of books available at their local library. In August 2010, he expanded his volunteer involvement by assisting the children’s librarian with arts and crafts projects, sorting and shelving books and keeping the children’s section of the library organized. Phillip regularly scheduled two-hour volunteer shifts two times each week between August 2010 and May 2012, completing an additional 329 volunteer hours to fulfill the community service requirements of his homeschool curriculum.
Once Phillip turned 16 years of age, he was able to expand his library duties by applying his computer skills to various projects. He created a Microsoft Access database to enter volunteer hours for teens participating in the Summer Reading Program. In addition, with a database confidentiality agreement in place, he was able to check the circulation of items, scan incoming and outgoing holds and search the library’s database to locate records that match donated items.
Phillip graduated from high school in June 2012 and currently attends Orange Coast College. Despite a busy academic schedule, he continues to volunteer at the library two mornings each week. Over the years, he has provided more than 525 hours of service, dedicating his time, talents and energy to enhance library services for Orange County residents.
NEED: What community need does the volunteer address?
The support of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers such as Phillip, augmenting the work of library staff, is essential to keeping the library organized. Staff members know that they can count on Phillip to return books to the library shelves promptly and efficiently so that patrons can quickly select items and accurately access information.
IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?
Phillip’s Eagle Scout project is another example of his commitment to the Mesa Verde Branch Library. The project focused on an unused, minimally landscaped area outside the library building. With the assistance of fellow scouts and adult leaders, Phillip renovated the space, transforming it into a patio for library patrons where they could access the library’s Wi-Fi system or simply relax in a shaded area and read. The project required several months to plan since city and county approvals were required, and the actual patio restoration and table installation aspects of the job were completed over the course of three weekends.
INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?
Phillip is a quiet, calm and unassuming young man who demonstrates exceptional commitment and skill in all of his volunteer endeavors. Over the years, the Mesa Verde Branch Library has benefited tremendously from the service of dozens of teen volunteers. However, Phillip stands out from other volunteers for many reasons, including his dedicated service, spanning more than five years; consistent ability to listen to and follow directions, while providing valuable feedback for staff; and outstanding achievement in a variety of library assignments.
Phillip is one of the library’s most valued and trusted volunteers. He is always willing to lend a hand and can be counted on to finish each task with diligence and care.
Thank you and congratulations to Phillip Mansour, recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Volunteerism Award!
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