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National Volunteer Recognition Week

Theme - Volunteers - United We Care

National Volunteer Week is powered by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, and provides the opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to build stronger, more resilient communities.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21, 2018, the City of Torrance would like to recognize and thank our over 5,200 volunteers who contributed over 46,000 service hours in 2017.  This year’s theme, “Volunteers – United We Care”, is so fitting, as volunteers unite to participate in and care for the community by contributing their time and skills in various ways to supplement existing citywide programs, extend services, and initiate new and innovative programs that would not be provided otherwise.  The programs our volunteers support provide for an enriching environment and high quality of life for the Torrance community.


The following volunteers have been recognized by their programs for their outstanding service and care for the community in 2017.  


Barbara Smith: James ArBarbara Smithmstrong Theatre

Barbara began volunteering with the James Armstrong Theatre in 2014, where she assists as a Theatre Usher for the numerous theatrical performances and events held at the Theatre.  She has also been active serving our community as a volunteer for Torrance Memorial Medical Center for 40 years and at Torrance First United Methodist Church for 62 years.  Barbara and her family have been active in the Torrance community for decades.  Her father, Leo Coleman, was a Torrance Firefighter and was instrumental in getting senior housing built in Old Town Torrance, and has the Coleman Court Senior Center named after him.  Barbara has passed down her passion for serving the community to her four children, who have all pursued careers in public service.  

The James Armstrong Theatre is thrilled to recognize Barbara’s   commitment to volunteerism.

Angi Bugg

Angi Bugg: Friends of Torrance Exceptional Athletes

Angi became involved with the Friends of Torrance Exceptional Athletes (FTEA) when she was elected to the Board of Directors in 2013.  She has since been elected as Secretary in 2015, and as President in 2017.  In her leadership roles, Angi has helped the FTEA achieve its mission of fundraising to support the various sports programs sponsored by the City of Torrance Community Services Department Recreation Division for persons with intellectual disabilities who live in Torrance and the greater South Bay areas.  Most notably, Angi assists with the Annual Family Picnic, which welcomes the participating athletes who range from 13 years old to 70 years young, along with the coaches, and families for a day of celebration in our Torrance parks, with plenty of games, food, and fun! 

The Friends of Torrance Exceptional Athletes view Angi as a strong leader and as someone most worthy of this recognition.

Miriam Taeubel

  Miriam Taeubel: Madrona Marsh Preserve

Miriam, a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Ryukyus, in Okinawa Japan, has been an indispensable volunteer at the Madrona Marsh Preserve since 2017.  Serving as a water quality tester and researcher, she tests water in the wetlands, bio-filtration system, sump, and at several street drains entering into the Preserve.  Miriam then prepares the samples for testing in the Nature Center laboratory, and evaluates the samples for oxygen, pH, phosphate, nitrate and nitrite levels, and conducts a visual analysis for color, invertebrates, algae and other noticeable features and an odor assessment.  Miriam performs this intensive collection and testing activity every other week, adding to the body of scientific data useful for current and future research at the Preserve.  Miriam’s vision is to raise awareness by demonstrating how nature and water quality are symbiotic to the health of our environment.  

The Madrona Marsh Preserve declares that Miriam is truly a person with the highest level of caring, professionalism, and commitment to her community.

 Sue Kneisley: Torrance Art Museum

Sue Kneisley

Sue has been the lead docent with Stories in Art at the Torrance Art Museum since the program’s reboot in 2016.  Stories in Art is a free after-school program for children ages 6-11, with their parent or guardian, that incorporates storytelling with a tour of the exhibitions at the Torrance Art Museum, and a related hands-on art making workshop in the Children’s Art Wing at the Cultural Arts Center. Sue leads up to 8 programs a year, impacting hundreds of children in a positive way through art.  From picking fun books that relate to the exhibition themes, to creating new exciting ways of engaging with the artwork during her hour-long tours, Sue always leaves a lasting impression with participants in Stories in Art.  She is approachable and patient with children of all ages and backgrounds, and flexible working with a variety of groups. 

The Torrance Art Museum recognizes Sue’s compassion and empathy, as showcased by the work she does, which makes her a standout volunteer. 

Emmett Miller

Emmett Miller: Police

Emmett has been involved with the Torrance Police Department for three years.  As an award winning journalist and news anchor, Emmett puts his announcer talents to use, narrating several department videos, taking over the master of ceremony responsibilities for the annual Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony, and serving as the official announcer for the Armed Forces Day Celebration for the past three years.  Emmett is a true professional who researches his material and works well under pressure, even with last minute changes.  He also assists with the Special Olympics, and for decades, has also dedicated his time to the Gardena Boys Club, where he serves as a coach and a positive role model, interested listener and support system for kids who may not receive this support otherwise.  For the past two years, Emmett has also been deeply involved with a homeless outreach program on Saturday mornings, making and providing sandwiches to those in need, and connecting with the community.

The Torrance Police Department is proud to recognize Emmett, both as a charismatic emcee and for his humble and caring persona which he uses to better our community.


Volunteers at Council 2018

 The City of Torrance is always looking for individuals to volunteer within the city's various departments. Volunteers are completely essential because they provide the city with help and support in various aspects of  services provided for the community.  We could not hold up the high standards of these services without volunteers like YOU!


We have a vision and we are on a mission.

Volunteer Program Mission and Vision Statement


If you are already a volunteer, click here.


We encourage you to take a moment to read  through our volunteer opportunity descriptions to determine which volunteer opportunity fits your interests and schedule. When you have determined the volunteer opportunity that suits you best,  click on the application link and complete our online application.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are 18 or older, you will need to clear a Live Scan background check to volunteer.  The City covers the cost of this background check. 

  • Volunteer Opportunity Descriptions (Click on title to expand)

    • Bartlett Senior Center Lunch Assistant

    • CitiCABLE Production Volunteer

    • Early Childhood Classroom Assistant

    • Farmers' Market Assistant

    • Fire Explorer

    • Focal Point on Aging

    • Friends of the Library

    • Homework Helper

    • James Armstrong Theatre

    • Madrona Marsh Preserve

    • Police Department Volunteer

    • Senior Programs

    • Special Needs Athletics

    • Youth Sports Coach