18 – 2 – 1… Lottery numbers? Secret code? Nope… Even better. It’s outstanding volunteers at Palatine Park District!
Recently the District recognized the efforts of their volunteers from affiliate groups and organizations. That means 18 individuals were named 2019 “Volunteer of the Year” by their organizations, two individuals were recognized with a “Spotlight Award”, and one faithful volunteer was inducted into the “Volunteer Honor Roll”. Not only are their accomplishments recognized, these special volunteers are invited to attend an annual luncheon. How does roast sirloin tip sound? Bowtie pasta? Chocolate parfait? Enough! Back to the volunteers.
The event is coordinated by Palatine Park District Volunteer Coordinator Alissa DePue. “Palatine Park District volunteers add great value to our community,” DePue said. “We are grateful for their time and efforts and it’s important to us that we recognize them in a meaningful way. This luncheon provides the opportunity to acknowledge their accomplishments, reinforce their efforts, and show appreciation,” she added. The luncheon includes a presentation of the awards, a keynote speaker on volunteerism, and a video presentation highlighting the year’s volunteer efforts…and Grecian chicken.
Palatine Park District is always looking for enthusiastic individuals and groups of all ages who are interested in serving the community with their time and talents. To get started, interested individuals or groups are asked to complete and submit a volunteer application, waiver, and background screening. Potential volunteers are also asked to read the volunteer manual. After these steps have been completed, applicants will receive an email from DePue. Oh and did we mention it’s a lot of fun to volunteer at Palatine Park District?
“I think people like volunteering here because of the large variety of interesting ways to volunteer,” DePue said. “From coaching sports to theatre ushers, to special holiday events and horse handlers – any passion you may have, we can find a way for you to serve.” Did she say horse handlers? That’s right, at Palatine Park District Stables!
You might be asking yourself…why should I volunteer? Well DePue has an answer for that too. “Volunteers are caring for their community while giving of their time and talents, in fact they’re enhancing the community” she said. So, who can volunteer? Individuals, students, families, working adults and retirees, as well.
Another means of volunteering is through a group service project, like your sports team, scout troop, class, or work place. Palatine Park District can organize service projects which demonstrate your group’s mission like environmental clean-ups, fitness, health and wellness events, stable stewardship or special event assistance.
For more information you can visit volunteer.palatineparks.org or give Alissa DePue a call at 847.496.6212. Building community, meeting new people, developing skills, Parisieene potatoes…what are you waiting for?
About the Author • Alissa DePue, CPRP
With over 15 years of Volunteer Management experience, Alissa DePue was hired in 2016 to develop a comprehensive volunteer program for the District. With the overall goal of enhancing the feeling of community through dedicated projects that demonstrate a greater social purpose, Alissa’s focus has been on volunteer recruitment, retention, recognition, and expanding volunteer programming.