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By Zara Flores
San Clemente’s Tyler Boden was honored as First Amendment Voice’s (FAV) Volunteer of the Year for his work within the nonprofit, while simultaneously operating his own business and running for city council this past year.
“Volunteering for First Amendment Voice is fun and fulfilling, and every time I do, I meet someone or learn something that enriches my life and understanding of civics,” Boden said in a press release.
According to FAV, which focuses on the rights and responsibilities of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, three volunteers are selected for special awards, including Volunteer of Year. The runner-up for Volunteer of the Year and Honorable Mention recipient were Oregon residents Aaron Johnson and Kelly Kehoe, respectively.
“Serving in the military, I quickly learned as a leader the importance of expressing gratitude for our volunteers,” Steve Miska, executive director of FAV, said in the release. “Our family readiness groups could not have functioned without wonderful volunteers.”
In addition to his volunteer work for FAV, Boden started in April 2020 his own business, Boden Energy Solutions, which specializes in solar energy.