OneOC Honors Pakistani American with Spirit of Volunteerism Award

Standing from left: Kim Doan, Marketing Manager for 211OC; Judy Bowden, Executive Director, 211OC; Mahboob Akhter, Khaver Akhter, Eugene Figoni of
Fullerton Police Department

OneOC, an Orange County organization which accelerates non-profit success, honored M. Mahboob Akhter with Spirit of Volunteerism Award at its 35 th Annual Awards Luncheon held on April 14 th at Disneyland Hotel. 

This event provides an annual forum and non-competitive opportunity to recognize individual, group and corporate team volunteers for their dedicated service to Orange County.  OneOC believes that volunteers build a stronger, more vibrant community, brightening the lives of our children, families, seniors, and neighborhoods.

Mr. Akhter was an individual honoree recognized at the event among others.  Also honored were Orange County’s selected volunteer groups including Bank of America, Well Fargo Bank, Cox Communications, Western Digital, Deloitte LLP, Pacific Life and others. 

This year, in addition to honoring community volunteers, OneOC also presented the Giving is Living Award to a business that extended outstanding service to our community through employee volunteerism.  Flour Corporation was honored with the "Giving is Living Award" for its leadership in promoting corporate and employee volunteerism in Orange County. The award was received by Michael Milazzo, Vice President and General Manager of Fluor Southern California Operations and Margarita Miranda, Manager of Community Relations and Public Affairs.

Mr. Akhter serves as Vice-Chair of the Board at 2-1-1 Orange County (, an Orange County resource center of health and social services.  He also serves as Vice President of Government Affairs.  He has been on 2-1-1 Orange County board for the last four years and has been working to help 2-1-1 gain a firm financial ground through community partnership and bring 2-1-1 Orange County to government and interfaith communities.

OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services. Serving Orange County, California, OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 650 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year.

2-1-1 Orange County offers a comprehensive information and referral system linking Orange County residents to community health and human services and support. Callers seeking assistance can dial 211 (toll-free) 24 hours-a-day and be connected to trained, multilingual Information and Referral specialists. Accessing a database with information on more than 1,800 government and nonprofit agencies offering approximately 4,000 specialized services, these I&R specialists refer callers to the people who can address their particular needs



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