When Pastor Carl Nielsen, founder of Serve Santa Maria, receives the Robert P. Hatch Citizen of the Year Award at a ceremony Sept. 1, it will be for “doing something I love,” a- he said Wednesday.
But he added: “This award I’m getting, it’s not really about me. It’s about “we”. It’s everyone who volunteers with Serve Santa Maria who comes out… to better our community.
Nielsen is just one of nine individuals, organizations and businesses to be honored by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce during the annual event at the Veterans Memorial Center.