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Couple volunteers to man cameras for yearly telethon
Jan Stoermer mans one of the cameras at the Boys & Girls Club Telethon. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Volunteering has always come easy for Jeff and Jan Stoermer.

For more than a decade, the Manteca couple have integrated themselves into a handful of local organizations including the Citizens Police Academy, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police unit.

And for the last three years the couple has volunteered to work together manning the cameras for the annual Boys and Girls Club Telethon – getting a behind-the-scenes look at the community’s largest annual fundraiser.

Initially asked by former police chief and current executive director Charlie Halford to lend a hand, they have been an active part of the telethon’s integral team of volunteers that makes the organization’s biggest fundraiser possible each year.

“Just getting out and meeting different people here is a lot of fun,” Jeff Stoermer said of what has kept him so involved in the community. “They are things that we enjoy doing together, and this is definitely one of those things.

“What you put into the community is what you get out of it.”

What started by offering to lend a hand on the monthly crime prevention show “Street Beat” that was hosted by Manteca Police Public Affairs Officer Rex Osborn eventually blossomed into getting involved with some of the other community-focused groups that began to grow as an extension of department and the outreach into the general community.

Involvement with both the Citizens Police Academy and CERT soon followed.

And when the phone call from Halford came regarding the Boys and Girls Club, it only took the couple one day to realize how much they enjoyed being a part of the fundraiser that has become a community event unto itself.

“It gave us a chance to see what happens behind the scenes and that was something that we really enjoyed,” Jan Stoermer said.

Their involvement has also allowed them to get to know notable media personalities in the Central Valley that volunteer annually including Good Day Sacramento’s Alan Sanchez, KAT Country’s Randy “Bubba” Black, and News 10’s Tim Daly.
But at the end of the day it’s just getting involved in what they believe will make a difference in the place they call home that drives the couple.

“It’s something that we’ve been doing together for about 15 years,” Jeff Stoermer said. “It’s something that we enjoy, and it’s something that we’re going to continue doing.”