Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner
OC Community Resources
OC Public Libraries
Stanton Branch Library
Pictured from left to right, parents of honoree, Maria & Juan Sanchez, County
Librarian Helen Fried, Library Volunteer John Sanchez, North Regional Manager
Kathleen Wade & Stanton Library Branch Manager Cyrise Smith.
ACTION: What does the volunteer do?
Seventeen-year-old John Sanchez finds time in his busy schedule to volunteer each week with the Stanton Branch Library, and since 2006, he has dedicated more than 400 service hours. John’s duties include shelving library books, verifying that materials are in proper order, assisting with collection maintenance and book relocation, helping with the Summer Reading Program, and providing support during book sales and with other library programs.
NEED: What community or agency need does the volunteer address?
The duties performed by library volunteers are vital to branch operations. OC Public Libraries can offer the best collection in the world, but if materials are not in their proper place, they are lost and inaccessible to both staff and patrons. John is meticulous in keeping the Stanton Branch Library’s materials in good order and available to the public. His efforts help improve and support the library system and assist in promoting library services within the community.
IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?
OC Public Libraries’ branches are busier than ever, but have limited funds available to employ library pages. Consequently, the sorting and shelving of returned items may be delayed, simply because there is no one to do the work. To have a reliable volunteer such as John who arrives regularly and performs this vital task means that community members can quickly and efficiently access an array of library materials.
Volunteers who dedicate countless hours to shelving books may appear to be performing a relatively routine assignment. However, the impact of this so-called “routine” task is significant for library patrons. Just imagine how John’s efforts benefit the person who is looking for a job and can go directly to the shelf containing books on resumes or interviewing, knowing that the resources will be there. Or consider how John’s contributions assist a young mother who is juggling a baby and a toddler and needs to settle into the children’s area and quickly find a copy of Knuffle Bunny to read to her young children for the seventeenth time.
The value of John’s volunteer involvement at the Stanton Branch Library can be measured monetarily at close to $4,000. However, having the support of a steady, conscientious individual such as John who is diligent in his service to the community is priceless!
INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?
John brings many qualities to his library work, including dependability, knowledge, dedication and a strong work ethic. He arrives for his volunteer shift on time and goes straight to work. When each task is completed, John promptly starts the next assignment, or takes the initiative to check with staff for available projects. He is cheerful to work with, displays a high level of competence, and demonstrates a thorough understanding of his library duties.
In addition to his volunteer endeavors at the Stanton Branch Library, John dedicates many hours to the Stanton Community Center, working with children enrolled in the center’s summer program.
Thank you and congratulations to John Sanchez, 2011 Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner!
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