Optimist Honor Young Volunteers for Service

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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The volunteer work of Jasmine Serbin and Jestin Jimenez (seated, holding certificates) was recognized Saturday, Sept. 30 at a breakfast hosted by the Optimist Club-East Los Angeles-Monterey Park. (Photo by Celest Gil)

Helping others comes naturally to Jasmine Serbin and Jestin Jimenez, who were honored Saturday by the Optimist Club-East Los Angeles-Monterey Park during the nonprofit’s Inaugural Youth Appreciation Awards Breakfast at El Encanto Hall in Monterey Park.

For Serbin, a senior at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, helping people of all ages is important.

As a dedicated member of the Power of Change Club, Serbin’s volunteer work includes distributing food on Skid Row, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, and helping to bring joy to children through the White Memorial Medical Center’s Christmas programs.

Volunteering with the children is especially rewarding for Serbin, who says she plans to study to become a doctor specializing in children with special needs.

Jimenez, a 2017 graduate of Mark Keppel High School, is currently a freshman at Rio Hondo College. He is especially dedicated to helping veterans and needy families in Montebello, East Los Angeles and Pico Rivera. Though still young in age, he is a “longtime” volunteer with such groups as Heart of Compassion, the Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs of Montebello.

For the past four years, Jimenez has also been active in the Monterey Park Fire Department’s Explorer Program, which is a perfect match for his goal of becoming a firefighter.

Serbin and Jimenez were selected for this recognition because if their outstanding contributions to the community, Optimist club member Jaime Rodriguez told EGP.

Friends and family of Serbin and Jimenez attended Saturday’s breakfast ceremony, proud to hare in the recognition of the positive impact the two young people are making in their communities.


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