Heather Sanders-Ramirez

Heather Sanders and her team at the local Chick-Fil-A have become great partners through volunteering at the YMCA. They were nominated by Gina Hylton and Jack Salseda from the Santa Ana YMCA. Gina tells us their story. Gina’s Story: Heather and her team at our local community Chick-Fil-A have become one of our greatest partners…

Chet Ossowski

Chet Ossowski is a volunteer at the Newport-Mesa and Huntington Beach YMCA’s, nominated by Kathryn Pomroy. This is his story. Kathryn tells us about Chet’s service: Chet and I are coming into our third campaign season together. He has been a dedicated volunteer and a true example of YMCA values. I am always astonished by…

Carmen Vieyra

Carmen Vieyra is a volunteer with the New Horizons Adults with Disabilities program from YMCA Community Services, nominated by Carla Reyna. This is her story. Carla tells us more about how Carmen gives back: Carmen Vieyra is always asking when and what she can do to help. The first time she was asked to volunteer…

Michael Prange

Michael Prange is a volunteer with the Mission Viejo YMCA Adventure Guides program, nominated by Terry. This is his story. Terry’s Story: Michael has been involved in the Adventure Guides program for 8 years as well as a volunteer in the Annual Campaign. Along with his daughters, they have held the volunteer roles of Circle…

Cruse Family

Ken Cruse & his family are volunteers at the Laguna Niguel YMCA Adventure Guides program.  Colleen’s Story: Ken is a Dad in one of my Dad/Daughter Expeditions.  This gave me the opportunity to get to know him as we worked together during the program year.  He is a wonderful Father to 4 beautiful daughters in…

Tee & Denver

Tee & Denver are volunteers at the Fullerton YMCA. This is their story. Tee’s Story: I am forever grateful to my daughter’s pediatrician and the Y staff that enrolled us. It was willingness to listen to our needs and explain how the Y could assist that made us join. We Love the Fullerton YMCA because…

Dianne Miley

Dianne Miley and her son Liam are volunteers at the Peterson YMCA, nominated by Christy Trujillio. This is their story. Dianne’s Story: The director and staff at our Y do something rare and wonderful: they make kids really want to do the right thing. At our Y, demonstrating good character is cool, and volunteering is…

Juliette Meunier

Juliette Meunier is a volunteer from the Palisades YMCA, nominated by Carole Fitzpatrick. This is her story. Carole’s Story: Juliette and her husband Tim have two children enrolled at the Palisades YMCA. Her daughter Nora has been with us since she was in Kindergarten and she is now in fourth grade. Juliette has been on…

Dawn Isernhagen

Dawn Isernhagen is a  volunteer at the Malcom YMCA Childcare Center, nominated by Pamela Kowalski. This is her story. Pamela’s Story:  Dawn has been actively involved in our Y program since her child, Aubrie, was in Kindergarten. For all six years of Aubrie’s participation, Dawn is the first parent to zealously volunteer. As our PAC…

Hugh Helm

Hugh Helm from the YMCA Board of Directors, nominated by YMCA CEO Jeff McBride. This is his story. CEO Jeff McBride’s Story:Hugh became Board Chair a few months into my time at YOC.  Little did I know the relationship that would develop over the following 7 years.  As Board Chair Hugh was next to me as dramatic…