Sacramento County Honors Volunteers

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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors honored 14 people Tuesday for their volunteer work.

The 10th annual Heroes of Human Services Awards served as a pat on the back for people who gave countless hours to help others. Mike McAtee, one of this year's honorees, helps guide children who need a support system in their lives. He volunteers with Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, doing several after school activities to keep the kids inspired.

"I was helped by families who took me in as a foster child, coaches who helped me a great deal, school teachers who helped me. I probably would have never gone to collage with out their efforts," said Mike McAtee.

McAtee knows how one person can make a difference in a child's life. Dr. Addie Ellis, with the counties Department of Health and Human Services, says these volunteers fill in the gaps government can't.

"It's huge, because budgets go away. There is always different needs and we have quite a few people in our community who are still in need and when we have other community members that step up and say, 'I see you and I care about you,' that goes so far in making a difference in our world," Ellis said.

Dr. Ellis says Tuesday's honorees received a plaque and much deserved recognition, but she also hopes the event serves as a motivator to get more people volunteering the their communities.