A Butte County Sheriff's Office volunteer program celebrated its 20th year anniversary with an awards ceremony and lunch on Thursday at the Thermalito Grange Hall.
The “Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors” or STARS program started in 1993 with just 16 volunteers--today there are about 100 members.
And over the years they've collectively given more than 690,000 hours of their time to help the sheriff’s office.
Awards were handed out Thursday to long serving members, many giving thousands of hours of their personal time.
STAR volunteers are the people who check on neighbor’s homes when their on vacation.
They also clean up graffiti, help at fairs and parades and even help in emergencies.
Roger Mauck has been with the program since it began and he says it keeps members busy and active in the community.
“You meet a lot of people out there,” says Mauck. “Most people don't even know what STARS are. (We get noticed) because we're in a regular sheriffs car and we're out there trying to help. It's all kind of interesting and it's always something new and different.”
Thursday’s awards ceremony was followed by a lunch, with the current and former sheriff and the undersheriff working the grill.
They were out to show their support for the volunteers that have given the Butte County Sheriff’s Office so much free help over the years.
And here's a fun fact, if the sheriff’s office was to pay the volunteers for their 20 years of service it would cost the county about $17 million.
If you're over 45 and would like to donate some time to become a STAR volunteer, click here.