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Castaic local honored as national 'Volunteer of the Year'

Posted: September 5, 2010 1:00 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2010 1:00 p.m.

Los Angeles -- Castaic resident Kim Rhoads, recently named the 2010 Volunteer of the Year by the National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials (NACPRO), was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the board's Aug. 31 meeting.

Speaking for the board, Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented Rhoads with a scroll congratulating her for the NACPRO award and commending her for "exemplary volunteer service and the positive impact of her ongoing outstanding efforts" at the Department of Parks and Recreation's Castaic Regional Sports Complex.

During the past 12 years, Rhoads has volunteered thousands of hours to park programs, including day camp and senior programs, youth sports and special events.

She also volunteers at a local Castaic church, as well as the Castaic Middle School.

Over the years, accolades have continued to mount for this extraordinary woman, starting with the El Segundo Lion's Club "Kid of the Year" Award for her volunteer work at the library, organizing books and reading programs.

Rhoads has been recognized by the Castaic school system, her church, Los Angeles County and the state of California for her tireless volunteer efforts to improve her community.

Among other honors, she has earned the L.A. County "Urban Hero" award, the L.A. County "Volunteer of the Year" award, and the California Parks and Recreation Society's "Champion of the Community" award.

The NACPRO award is presented to just one recipient in the nation annually.

Rhoads received the award at the organization's annual meeting in Reno, Nev., on July 18.


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