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Gilbert Borboa named Volunteer of the Year by Meals on Wheels

WHITTIER — Gilbert Borboa was recently honored by Whittier Meals on Wheels as its volunteer of the year. 

A Whittier resident, Borboa has logged some 1,700 volunteer hours for the non-profit service organization. 

Mayor Pro Tem Fernando Dutra presented the Jack and Jan Wood Memorial Volunteer Service Award to Borboa at the Whittier Activities Building. Borboa joins previous winners Susan Zagorski, Debby Kelley and Eugene Riggio. 

Meals on Wheels provides meals for shut-ins in the communities of Whittier, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs. 

Chris Luna, an active board member, was honored posthumously for meritorious service to Meals on Wheels for community contributions. Luna, 52, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Aug. 30, 2019 and was honored at a celebration of life event hosted by his partner, Vincent Montes, a former Meals on Wheels board member. 

For volunteer opportunities, call Elaine Sauer, office manager, or Nichole Garcia, assistant manager, at (562) 698-2750. 

The Whittier Meals on Wheels board of directors includes Jim Gorin, president; Patty Tillman, vice president; Yolanda Ruiz, secretary; Jerry Haendiges, president emeritus; Carol Horiba, Bill Marks, Charlie Ruiz, Janice Webster, Susan Zagorski, Marisa Absi, Bill Corey, Helen Florin and Ginger Spayne.

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