Who has the best volunteers? We do!

The band, providing great tunes before dinner
The band, providing great tunes before dinner.

This past Saturday, 4/12, the Homestead celebrated its volunteer staff at a lovely dinner on the West Lawn of La Casa Nueva. The evening began with a live band, drinks, and a catered dinner by Doug Fore and students and staff from the Hacienda-La Puente Adult Education Culinary Arts Program . The dinner concluded with time to recognize our entire staff.

We appreciate all that the volunteers do for the Homestead, and are always impressed by how generous they are with their time—close to 5,000 hours last year alone! Among many tasks, our administrative volunteers often cover the front desk, clean, and staff off-site programs and other special events, while our docents and museum teachers bring history to life for visitors of all ages. Last but not least, our collections volunteers do great work behind the scenes with exhibit changes, site cleaning, and conservation work.

This year, we are proud to feature our award honorees on our blog. Please join us in giving them a virtual and hearty round of applause!

The Homestead's 2014 award recipients
The Homestead’s 2014 award recipients (click to enlarge). Left to right: Dennis Pearson, Ruth Green, Judy Vroman, Betty Williamson, Mitzy Nigh, Museum Director Karen Wade, Eldon Dunn, La Don Lewin, Sherri Salmans, Carmen Herman, Larry Lin. (Not pictured: Thiew Chin, Robin Guerrero, Lauri Maddock, and Betty Sheldon.)

Our longevity award recipients this year include:

20 years of service: Carmen Herman

25 years of service: Mitzy Nigh

30 years of service: Eldon Dunn


The following volunteers reached milestones, in terms of hours, in the past year:

300 hours:

Robin Guerrero

Lauri Maddock


600 hours:

Thiew Chin

Larry Lin

Dennis Pearson


1,000 hours:

Sherri Salmans

Betty Sheldon

Judy Vroman


3,000 hours:

La Don Lewin

Betty Williamson


4,000 hours:

Ruth Green

Congratulations to all of our volunteers for their many hours and years of service! For more photos from the evening, view our photo album on Facebook (no account needed).

If you are looking for ways to get involved in the community, consider giving your time to the Homestead as a volunteer. We’d love to have you on board!

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