Ventura County's Support-Local Program

Thanking Our Wonderful Volunteers

American volunteerism recently reached a 5 year high. We would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our Totally Local VC volunteers.

A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in our community.

~ Anonymous

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Did you know that in 2011 the number of volunteers reached its highest level in five years, as 64.3 million Americans volunteered? Americans volunteered a total of almost 8 billion hours, at an estimated economic value of roughly $171 billion! A majority of Americans assisted their neighbors in some way and more than a third actively participated in a civic, religious, or school group

A big “thank you”

We would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our Totally Local VC volunteers. We could not do what we do without all of you.

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Learn more about author Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick

About the author

Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as “the Shop Local girl”. Kat’s extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.

 

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