Sacramento County resident Ora Rakestraw, 94, who has been volunteering throughout the more than three decades of her retirement, is a finalist for a national lifetime achievement award for her ongoing service to the community.
Through the county's Foster Grandparent Program, Rakestraw spends four days a week, five hours a day tutoring special-needs third-graders at Woodridge Elementary School in Foothill Farms. Over the years, that's added up to 27,000 volunteer hours of one-on-one tutoring in reading and language skills.
The Older Volunteers Enrich America Awards will be presented Friday morning in Washington, D.C. The awards are sponsored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging as well as the Metlife Foundation.