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Celebrating Volunteerism, Community and Giving Back

Since Ladera Ranch was founded over 18 years ago, the spirit of volunteerism has been an integral part of the Ladera lifestyle and fabric of the community. It’s exciting to see families create a legacy of service to others and serve their community. When families volunteer together, it brings them together in positive ways that are unique to each family.

On May 19th, Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS) held its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Event, a special time to celebrate those individuals and families who have generously given of their most precious resource – their time. These are great people doing great things in their community and they help make Ladera Ranch a unique and special place to call home.

The LARCS Spirit of Community Service Award was presented to Julia Ransom who has consistently demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the community through service of time and talent. In honor of her late brother, Julia and her family created the James Henry Ransom Foundation and 5K Run. The Foundation is making a positive difference in the local community by encouraging discussions about mental health and through donations to local adolescent mental/behavioral health programs.

The Adult Volunteer Group of the Year was presented to the Ladera Ranch Civic Council for its work with the County of Orange to solve traffic concerns on Benjamin Drive and Oso Grande, for successfully advocating for the donation of two OC Sheriff’s Department bike patrols, for facilitating the completion of the track and pool at San Juan Hills High School, and more.

Harpreet, Naveen, Anmol and Amrita of the Kaur and Singh family accepted the Family Volunteers of the Year award for their generous volunteerism at events, on committees, Teen Leadership Council and much more. Anmol is credited for her efforts in creating the Teen Zone for the 4th of July Celebration event and she will be running the Blood Drive for the Teen Leadership Council at the 2018 National Night Out event.

LARCS 2018 Volunteer Recognition Awards

Family Volunteers of the Year:                        Kaur and Singh Family

Neighborhood of the Year:                                The Trails

Adult Volunteer of the Year:                              Julie Fingersh

Teen Volunteer of the Year:                              Anya Searle

Teen Group of the Year:                                    Teen Leadership Council

Adult Group of the Year:                                    Ladera Ranch Civic Council

Neighborhood Representative of the Year:    Susan Boardman

Neighborhood Activities Coordinator of the Year: Christine Lock

Spirit of Community Service of the Year:      Julia Ransom

Ranch Hand Volunteer of the Year:                Sienna Thornburg

Community Non-profit Group of the Year:    Laura’s House Women’s Guild

Ladera residents benefit from the efforts of their neighbors who generously give of their time and talent through volunteerism. Volunteers serve on committees, on boards and at events. They carefully review feedback from residents, they organize events, plan recreation programs, maintain the beauty and architectural integrity of the community and ultimately foster the Ladera Ranch lifestyle.

10 Group Photo Ladera Ranch Volunteer Award Recipients

Ladera Ranch Community Volunteer Recognition Award-Neighborhood of the Year: Several Families from The Trails neighborhood

Adult Volunteer of the Year- Julie Fingersh

Community Non-Profit Group of the Year-Laura’s House Women’s Guild. Amanda Gephart and Catherine Hollinger

Adult Group of the Year-Ladera Ranch Civic Council. Gary Kephart, Amir Arbabi, Michael Ellzey, and Stephanie Ramsey

Community 2018 Ladera Ranch Volunteer of the Year Awards