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City Announces 2014 Volunteer of the Year

The City of Moreno Valley is pleased to announce Matthew Shoemaker as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year.   Similar to many other agencies and organizations, services that are provided by the City of Moreno Valley are enhanced by the passion and talents of volunteers. The work that Matthew Shoemaker has done to elevate the awareness of the needs of animals at Photo  of the volunteer of the year Matthew Shoemaker the Animal Shelter has been monumental.

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter and MVTV-3 currently host the “Pets of the Week” program, which is broadcasted to the community on a weekly basis to showcase specific cats and dogs currently up for adoption and awaiting a new home. Mr. Shoemaker has been an integral part of MVTV-3’s effort to produce those weekly programs by co-producing, writing, editing and creating new graphics for each episode.

Mr. Shoemaker’s work has a positive impact by increasing the number of pets that have been adopted from Moreno Valley’s Animal Shelter. He also spends his time photographing the animals at the shelter, so that they can also be highlighted on the MVTV-3 Bulletin Board Service.

Additionally, he assisted staff during City events such as Moreno Valley’s 30th Anniversary Ceremony and the Moreno Valley Wind Symphony concert in which he was a camera operator for MVTV-3.

The City of Moreno Valley is extremely grateful for the time and dedication that Mr. Shoemaker has given to benefit the City’s programs and events. He has become an important member of the team and continues to make positive impacts by contributing his time and talents wherever the need may arise.

For more information, contact the Office of Emergency Management and Volunteer Services at 951.413.3800 or visit the City’s website at