Honoree 2014 – Michael Farrel

Congrats to Michael Farrel for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!


Name:  Michael Farrel

Nominating Organization:  Playworks Southern California

Honoree Category:  Arts

Why Nominated:  Volunteer Michael “Papa” Farrel was first introduced to Playworks at one of our co-ed soccer jamborees where he volunteered his services as a professional photographer.  Throughout the day, he began to understand the organization’s mission and values and worked tirelessly to take pictures that would most accurately depict the day’s events as well as spotlight the essence of Playworks. Shortly after, he became a regular volunteer at many of our events and jamborees throughout the year.

His photographs which can be seen on a number of school websites and newsletters along with our organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages have been used to create visibility for the impact Playworks is making especially within the Santa Ana community.  As a result, people unfamiliar with Playworks and its significance in the community’s elementary schools are given a visual representation of the program and the work being done with our kids.  In addition to providing his professional photography services, he has been a constant reminder of the large impact a skilled volunteer can have on an organization. His constant presence has inspired other community members to devote their time with our organization.

To date, Papa has over 100 hours in volunteer service to our organization and attended events at least once a month. He continues to create more impact by recruiting schools, supporting fundraising events and most importantly getting our kids to smile!

Please write a note of congratulations below!


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