DOWNEY - Student members of Warren High School's Humanitarian Society were honored as Youth Volunteers of the Year during a luncheon ceremony Monday afternoon. The club, along with faculty advisor Jackie Pardo and administrator Marian Reynolds, were honored by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for their work at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where they work with patients and staff and also during fundraisers and community events. . The award honors outstanding volunteers "who have played a key role in enriching the lives of Los Angeles County residents."
Paul Lim, president of the club, received the award on behalf of the society. School officials called it "an exciting and proud moment."
Hospital officials nominated club members for the award in appreciation of their work.
"With nearly 200 members strong, these extraordinary young adults have touched the hearts of those in the hospital and the entire community with their hard work, compassion, creativity and leadership over the past five years," Rancho officials said. "No matter what the hospital needs, from assisting the staff and patients, to the Pediatric Carnival and the hospital's Annual Gala, this small army of volunteers makes it happen.
"At the Downey Pumpkin Patch event, where nearly 6,000 kids and their families enjoyed a safe Halloween in a community park, they set up the event, staffed the food and fun booths, and cleaned the park up after the event.
"They have shown how they can make an impact on their community with their desire to help others and their ability to lead."
In a statement, Warren High administrators said, "It's wonderful to see the character these students exhibit in serving the residents of Downey."