Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) joined the California Association of Nonprofits to honor the Orange County Rescue Mission as the 2016 California Nonprofit of the Year from the 37th Senate District. Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer joined Senator Moorlach to accept the award at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel, with a keynote address from Sacramento mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, and presentations featuring Assemblymember Richard Gordon and Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits).
Acting as a dynamic community organization, the Orange County Rescue Mission seeks to "minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost". In 2015, the Rescue Mission provided over 1 million meals, 156 thousand hot showers, and some 57 thousand medical examinations. With multiple shelters and a consortium of affiliated aid-oriented organizations, the Orange County Rescue Mission is poised for many years of incredible and life-saving service to the community.
"I have been a long-time supporter of the Orange County Rescue Mission. Jim Palmer, and his wonderful staff, do incredible work with the least, the last, and the lost of Orange County. This recognition is well-deserved,” said Moorlach.
“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.
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State Senator John Moorlach is a nationally recognized budget, finance, and fiscal policy expert. Moorlach graduated from CA State University in Long Beach in 1977, passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from CA State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.