Honoree: Millie Igarashi
Honored by: Huntington Beach Senior Services
Cause Area: Human Services
Millie Igarashi began volunteering with Huntington Beach Senior Services in 2007 and has become an indispensable part of this organization. She is extremely generous with her time, her talent, and her resources. In 2015 she served 840 hours! Millie volunteers 3 to 4 mornings a week for the congregate lunch program. She registers the guests, directs the volunteer servers, and counts the donations and attendance. Because there is a large turn-over in part-time staff with the congregate lunch program, Millie’s consistency is indispensable. She not only trains new volunteers, she trains new staff! In between registering guests, Millie crochets and she patiently teaches any senior or volunteer who shows an interest in learning. She donates the beautiful scarves she creates to the Bingo program, of which she is an avid player, for door prizes. However, she donates all her Bingo winnings back to Senior Services! Millie is extremely dedicated and helps to recruit volunteers when needed. If there is a need, she is the first to offer to help. She is also extremely organized and systematic; skills which help the lunch program run smoothly. Millie is very good with the senior guests who attend. Everyone knows Millie! She keeps order and gently reminds others to follow the rules of the program. Millie never gets ruffled but meets the demands of her position with composure. Staff raves about her performance and more than one staff person has proclaimed that they would cry if Millie left. “It would be a tremendous loss!” Staff and clients are appreciative of all that Millie does. She is the face of the lunch program!