Lawyer, Bank Among 19 Cited for Volunteerism
Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred and Security Pacific National Bank were among 19 individuals, groups, organizations and corporations honored Monday by President Reagan for their volunteer work.
Allred won a Presidential Volunteer Action Award for her part in setting up Project Amnesty, last year’s pilot project in several California counties that allowed fathers to make good on delinquent child-support payments.
Security Pacific was honored for its volunteer programs assisting more than 300 community organizations and 200 school districts by working to improve educational and job training skills.
Another California winner in the nation’s top volunteerism award program was Sacramento’s Operation Santa Claus, organized by the Sacramento Army Depot to help as many as 9,000 needy military and civilian families.
At the ceremony in Washington, Reagan told the honorees, “You’re champion givers . . . people of heart, selflessness, examples to the entire nation. I can think of nothing finer to say about our country than that it has produced men and women like you, true heroes of the heart.”
The awards, created in 1982, are co-sponsored by Volunteer, a private, nonprofit organization, and ACTION, the federal agency for volunteer service.