Doris Battig, a dedicated volunteer at Santa Monica-based Upward Bound House, was among those honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors during the 46th Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards ceremony May 23.
The event recognizes the accomplishments of seniors who have significantly contributed to the local community.
Battig, who has volunteered at Upward Bound House for nearly 15 years, is someone who treats her work with the same dedication, professionalism and pride as if she were a full-time staff member, a spokesperson for the social service agency said.
“Doris has been here longer than any of the staff,” said Carey Meredith, controller of Upward Bound House. “She has an incredible passion for the families. That’s what drives her.”
As a volunteer, Battig assists with banking-related tasks and helps keep the office running smoothly. Her dedication to the Upward Bound House mission is self-evident, and she is frequently seen collecting coupons, extra sheet sets and other supplies to give to the families, the Upward Bound spokesperson said.
“I never give a handout. I give what’s called a hand up; I believe in that kind of helping,” Battig says.
Battig, 80, sees volunteering as a way of life. She has been volunteering in Los Angeles for the past 40 years, working for 17 years with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, teaching Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica for 13 years, and contributing in countless other ways.