OneOC Many Volunteers – Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree 2024

Published: April 2, 2024


Honoree’s Name: Ken Higman

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Ken joined us as a volunteer with OneOC’s Accounting Services team in December 2022. His experience and knowledge during his career in the Finance Industry have helped elevate us in doing Financial Analysis, Business Development, and accounting support work. Ken is always happy to help to figure things out and is an important part of our team! Not only does he help OneOC, but he also serves as a volunteer in our community with the following organizations: Seniors Citizen Advisory Council, Christ Cathedral Community Outreach, Bower’s Museum, Lions Club International, Tustin Area Senior Center, and the AARP Tax Aide.

Thank you Ken, for your serving heart!

Honoree’s Name: Kristen Strauch

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Kristen has been a volunteer with OneOC since 2022 and has been an invaluable member of the team! She has supported OneOC’s Training Department and Organizational Development Services team, providing administrative assistance with the scheduling and coordination of training course.

She has the true spirit of a volunteer – always willing to support OneOC in any way possible. She shares our passion for accelerating nonprofit success, and her commitment to volunteering helps our nonprofit clients to better serve the community.

Thank you, Kristen, for all that you do for OneOC!


Honoree’s Name: Colleen Richardson

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Colleen has been a member of the OneOC team since 2010, making her one of our longest dedicated volunteer. She is always willing to lend a hand and we are so grateful for his continued support of OneOC and the nonprofit sector as a whole. Over the years, she has assisted every department, from assisting to get data entered into the database to auditing and fixing inaccurate data. She has passion and drive with a wealth of knowledge for nonprofits.   I truly appreciate her time,  insight, and dedication to finding the answers. 

She is truly a valuable asset to the OneOC team. Thank you.

Honoree’s Name: Phil Sallaway

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:


Phil has been volunteering with OneOC since February of 2023. Phil is a certified Business Analysis and certified Salesforce Administrator. As Phil was winding down to retire in the summer of 2023, he decided to volunteer to sharing his expertise with OneOC. He has been sharing his wealth of knowledge by conducting Salesforce trainings, implementing automation and troubleshooting. His willingness to volunteer his time and expertise made a significant impact, and we are truly grateful for your support.

We are continually inspired by your dedication and generosity. It is because of individuals like you that our community is stronger and more vibrant. Thank you for all that you do for us. 

Honoree’s Name: Merritt Weiss

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:


Merritt Weiss

Merritt started volunteering with OneOC last year assisting our Volunteer Services department as a service leader at our Meet Match & Serve team building events. She has been a valuable asset assisting our corporate volunteers navigate to find their supplies and providing them clear concise direction on their volunteer project they are to complete for the day. 

OneOC is so grateful for her dedication and enthusiasm. Her volunteer support allows our organization to accomplish so much more. We are so thankful to have Merritt as a part of our team.


Honoree’s Name: Mary Ellen Fremuth

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Mary Ellen has been volunteering with OneOC since May of 2023. Her expertise as a certified Salesforce Administrator and her dedication to improving processes and enhancing data accuracy are truly commendable. She has been essential for us when designing and creating new Flows & Validation rules to automate complex processes and enhance data accuracy, and saving staff time. Her dedication and expertise have truly made a difference, and we are incredibly grateful for her contributions.

By implementing Flows & validation rules, she has not only streamlined our processes but also significantly improved our data integrity. Her commitment to excellence is commendable, and we are continually impressed by her ability to find innovative solutions to challenges. Thank you once again for your hard work and dedication.



Honoree’s Name: Lauren & Cindy Fenner 

Why This Volunteer is Extraordinary:

Lauren and Cindy Fenner joined OneOC’s staff in January supporting the fiscal sponsorship program as Nonprofit Services Volunteers. Their dedication to supporting OneOC speaks volumes about their commitment to our organization’s mission. Their positive energy and enthusiasm makes a significant impact in our office.

A heartfelt thank you to Lauren and Cindy for their time, talents, and positivity in accelerating nonprofit success. Your efforts are truly appreciated!

8 thoughts on “OneOC Many Volunteers – Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree 2024

  1. We love our OneOC volunteers!! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you all very much. 🙂

  2. We are SO lucky to work with these AMAZING community leaders. Thank you for sharing your expertise, skills, and time with us. We are forever grateful to you!

  3. Colleen, Mary Ellen, Phil, Ken, Merritt and Kristen,
    I wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks for your outstanding dedication and service as a volunteer. Your commitment to our cause and your willingness to give your time and energy have truly made a difference. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and dedication to OneOC. Thank you all so much!! Cindy

  4. Thank YOU Volunteers, as you are our source of inspiration, through your continued support, dedication and passion to OneOC’s mission,…Congrats on your well-deserved honors!

  5. Our volunteers are one-of-a-kind. Thank you so much for your dedication, gift of time & talent. We are so grateful for what you bring to our organization & feel humbled to be serving the community with you. Congratulations!

  6. Ken, we understand that volunteering your time and expertise in the field of accounting requires a special commitment, and we are sincerely grateful for your generosity! Your contributions have not only helped us maintain transparency and accountability but have also allowed us to allocate our resources more effectively toward our goals. Thank you once again for your unwavering support and dedication to our organization. Your efforts are deeply appreciated and make a meaningful impact on our success!

  7. We appreciate your dedication and heart of service! Thank you for helping us deliver on our mission to accelerate nonprofit success! You all rock and we are so grateful to work with you!

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