Published on May 29, 2023
At a “Lakewood Celebrates” community reception on May 9, honorees from several organizations were recognized for their volunteer efforts and outstanding achievements.
The association received 28 posters and 4 poems, and they enjoyed all the submissions, so it was a very hard decision with so many quality entries.
The Lakewood Pan American Association also selected 11 high school seniors from our city to receive scholarships as part of Pan Am’s Youth Ambassadors program.
Since its creation, the scholarship program has awarded over $240,000 to recipients to help with their higher education costs.
In selecting these ambassadors, they looked for seniors whose character is of the highest caliber and possess the following traits:
This recipient of the Friends of the Lakewood Libraries (FoLL) scholarship was honored by the mayor for his Post High School Education as he is enrolled in the College to Career Program at Long Beach City College.
This award was not based solely on the highest GPA, but also required active citizenship in the community and at school, volunteer hours with FoLL or at the L.A. County Libraries (George M. Nye, Jr. Library or Iacoboni Library) and an essay on a library related topic. Lastly, letters of recommendation are required to corroborate character and academics.
Recognition of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire participants who have achieved the highest ranks for youths in each organization. They have received the Award of Merit plaques from the mayor.
Eagle Court of Honor
Work Health Love Award
Girl Scouts Silver Award
Recognition for their dedication and commitment to their cause and volunteerism on the Nature Trail and with the Earth Walk event.
The Lakewood Teen Action Committee (LTAC) was recognized for their many acts of volunteerism in the community.
This recipient is being honored for her 11th year with Meals on Wheels, currently driving a route two days a week. And she’s not only helping feed people, as every other Tuesday she also picks up pet food from Bloomfield Animal Hospital to distribute at Burns Community Center to pet owners in need.
In addition to driving and visiting clients, she has spent many years typing thank you letters to individuals and businesses that graciously donate to the organization.
These individuals were recognized for their dedication to the Lakewood community through their involvement as commissioners and committees.
Community Safety Commission
Planning & Environment Commission
Recreation & Community Services Commission
Measure L Citizens Oversight Committee
Participants in the city’s recent Volunteer Day event helped with maintenance and landscaping projects at homes and public facilities.
Lakewood Youth Sports coaches who have achieved service milestones this year.
The Volunteer Merit Award is given to an organization, business or individual for their professional and volunteer contributions to the fields of parks, recreation and human services.