The hors d’oeuvre hour and ceremony honored 429 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21 to April 27 and recognizes those who donate time to their communities.
About 100 volunteers attended the event in City Hall’s main rotunda.
Community Emergency Response Team, Volunteers In Police Services, animal control, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, senior center, Tracy Area Genealogical Society, city commissions, and many more.
“Folks are out there grinding away doing these things,” said Maciel, before the ceremony. “There are some things, without these volunteers, that just wouldn’t get done.”
Though he said its “hard to measure” the value residents add to the city through their sweat and effort, he said city government benefitted from more than 40,000 hours of volunteer service in 2012. Independent research estimated that saved the city about $885,600 in labor, he said.
Maciel also thanked the numerous organizations in Tracy that are not affiliated with city government, such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy and Tracy Interfaith Ministries.
“All these organizations that make the community better have volunteers,” he said. “It wouldn’t be as good of a city without these people.”
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