Katherine Ahlswede

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Honoree:  Katherine Ahlswede

Honored by:  Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

Cause Area:  Human & Family Services

Katherine is a long time leader within the Junior League of Orange County, California.  Within the JLOCC she has led league initiatives to combat human trafficking in Orange County and develop strong community partnerships.  She is a member of the Junior League’s state public action committee where she advocates tirelessly on behalf of the many without a voice in our community.  Katherine is a dedicated and committed volunteer who manages to carve out time from her busy professional and personal life to build a brighter and better Orange County.


Michelle Gonzalez


Honoree:  Michelle Gonzalez

Honored by:  Branded Group

Cause Area:  Community & Capacity Building

Michelle exemplifies volunteerism for Branded Group.

Michelle completed 33.5 hours of volunteer time through our one for one program with our partner Habitat for Humanity.gonzalez_michelle-branded-group2

On top of completing 33.5 hours, Michelle also was the liaison for Branded Group’s one for one program, helping us volunteer over 169 hours for 2016 total.  Michelle always made sure every other volunteer in the company was signed up and knew where they were going and when they needed to be there.  She kept everyone informed of new build days throughout the year.


Welcome to the 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards blog

We are One OC.  Orange County is a beautiful and vibrant community, thanks in large to part to dedicated and passionate volunteers and nonprofits.  With One Vision and One Heart, they serve our One Community.  Together, they make Orange County an even better place to live.

This blog is filled with stories of outstanding volunteers.  They, along with the nonprofits and businesses they represent, provide basic needs, educate our children, cultivate the arts, preserve the environment, and shape a healthier future for all.

You can scroll through the many blog posts to read about the 2017 honored volunteers, or use the search bar to search for a specific honoree.

To learn more about the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, please visit:  https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/spirit-of-volunteerism.