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The Recreation Center Volunteer Club successfully launched Saturday September 13th with a park clean up at Martinez Park. This program is a product of collaboration and several months of planning between the Recreation and Volunteer Services Divisions. The Recreation Volunteer Club enables volunteer groups from Parks and Recreation Community Centers to be engaged in their community through stewardship service during the school year. Volunteers learn about the benefits of volunteerism and there is a strong focus on community and teamwork at each service event.
The first centers participating are Yates, San Juan, Palm Heights and Ward. Volunteers from San Juan Community Center have dedicated themselves to cleaning up litter in the neighborhood around their center and the volunteers from Palm Heights have also been active, planting trees at John James Park and painting over graffiti at Normoyle Park. Volunteers are eligible for incentives such as shirts, goody bags and certificates as they accumulate hours. Award ceremonies are planned before the winter break and end of school.
Veronica Bou Onk is the Marketing team’s fabulous intern. She is a great writer and quick too! She has helped us write press releases and media advisories as well as research. She also is eager to help with anything else we need such as coordinating outreach materials and clipping media articles. Veronica has been working with the Marketing team for about a year. She is here every Friday She loves libraries and loves to read. She is a student of St. Mary’s University, and her internship is also part of a mentorship program for her studies. Thank you, Veronica, for dedicating your time to our team.
With a spring in her step and a smile on her face, ten year old Sabrina Chowdhury was on a mission to clean up the riverside banks at Brackenridge Park. She picked up several aluminum cans, wrappers, and other item from the river. The best part about this Volunteer Star is that she also rescued two injured baby egrets. Way to Go Sabrina and thank you for your awesome example of how youth volunteers can make a difference in parks!
If you have enjoyed the great photos of cats in our care on the ACS Facebook pages and on PetHarbor lately, you can thank Flor Hernandez. Flor comes every Sunday to retake photos of the cats in our care in order to give them a better profile online and her efforts are working! Flor has enjoyed what she does for ACS so much, her co-workers even caught on. They recently formed a bowling team called the “Alley Cats” and used Flor’s photos for their t-shirts, giving ACS shelter cats even more exposure in a fun and unique way!
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