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Gift of Giving: Sheriff’s volunteer wants to help fix things

Stoltz says other volunteers his best friends
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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of 12 stories on volunteers in our community. The stories will be published as a countdown to the holiday, in honor of the 12 days of Christmas. Volunteer: Howard Stoltz Organization: Volunteer for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Hours: Volunteers staff substations at various hours, work at events and patrol neighborhoods Contact: Deputy Victoria Skellenger at (916) 652-2400 Q: What does your organization do? Volunteers for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office work in the office and out in the field. Some volunteers patrol neighborhoods to make vacation checks for out-of-town homeowners. Volunteers also tag abandoned vehicles, provide traffic control and work at special events. Those who can are also scheduled to work at various substations throughout the county. Q: Why do you volunteer? “I think when you volunteer you tend to see a need and attempt to fill it. You see something that you think needs to be done, and it’s not being done for who knows what reason, but you attempt to help fix that.” Q: What are your highlights or challenges to volunteering? “When you see you helped to cause change in a behavior or an operation it makes you feel really good.” Stoltz also said he’s enjoyed learning from volunteering and getting to know his colleagues. “The volunteers I work with at Placer County are truly an extended family. We know each other extremely well. We work together and play together. Most of my best friends have been volunteers.” Stoltz said the only challenge to volunteering for him is “having enough time to do it.” Q: What do you do when you’re not volunteering? “I have a house to maintain and I bicycle ride. I enjoy walking and getting out in the fresh air. I like being active.” Q: How can people volunteer their time or money? If you would like to volunteer for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, call Deputy Victoria Skellenger at (916) 652-2400