Cathy Larsen

Board Member

My volunteer career began early in my life. I was born and raised on a ranch in Wyoming, so at the age of 10 I joined a 4-H Club which I was a member until 18. In the club we not only volunteered in helping the community become a better place, we also raised funds to support the community.

After moving to California in the early 70's I joined the Playa del Rey Junior Woman's Club organization of Southern California serving as President, Vice President and Secretary. Volunteer time ranged from staffing a thrift store on the weekends to fundraising for playground equipment for a children's park.

When we moved to Orange County, I became a parent volunteer at my two older children's school working bingo nights and selling candy and such at the sports snack stand for many years. My youngest son became interested in raising rabbits, so once again I got involved in the youth organization 4-H. I organized a 4-H Club in Los Alamitos - The Little Cottonwood 4-H Club. I was leader of this group with other volunteers for over six years. The youth belonging to this club had projects of photography, arts and crafts, small animals, cooking, and computers.

With our move to the high desert in 1994, I joined the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi Desert as a Director in 1996 and served until 2009. Here I was helping to serve the youth of our community to make a better place for them. I served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Chaired the Auction a number of years. I have rejoined the Board this year.

In 2008 I joined the Copper Mountain College Foundation serving as President from 2010-2012. Currently I am chairman of the Major Gifts Committee with a goal for this committee to raise the remaining funds needed to finish the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center and The Faculty Advisement Center.

We have three children, four granddaughters, and two great-granddaughters. In addition to my family and volunteering, I started and operated two businesses. One we still operate out of our house in Joshua Tree. In 2007 with my husband, Jim, we purchased Hi-Desert Physical Rehabilitation Group, which we both work.

The evolution of the electronic age has changed the dynamics of how anyone can be a volunteer no matter how busy they are. We just move at a much faster pace than we did in the past with the help of computers, email, smart phones and the social media. Serving our youth and communities has always been my passion.