County Recruits Community Volunteers for National Volunteer Week
COUNTY OF ORANGE
County Executive Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 1999 Contact: Diane Thomas 714.834.6203
County Recruits Community Volunteers For National Volunteer Week
(Santa Ana) – Four County of Orange departments and agencies have joined hands with community members to support National Volunteer Week. Beginning April 23, participants from communities across the county will volunteer their time and muscle in projects such as organizing a clothes drive for at-risk youth and distributing literacy information. Volunteers will also get involved in cleaning up beaches and riverbeds or building new bridges and trails in several county wilderness parks.
Community volunteers will assist Project Together, a mentoring program with the County’s Health Care Agency, in collecting and distributing donated clothing and personal care items to low-income, at-risk youth. "Receiving these very basic items is often a real boost to the children’s self-esteem," stated County Volunteer Coordinator Jane Dawson. Volunteers will join members of READ/Orange County, a County adult literacy program, in launching an information campaign about public literacy programs. Volunteers will circulate brochures throughout Orange County neighborhoods to increase public awareness of County literacy programs. In the past, these efforts have increased enrollment by as much as 15 percent.
Staff members of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, a division of the Public Facilities and Resources Department, will lead volunteers in clean-up efforts at County beaches and parks.
Some of the beaches scheduled for clean-up include Bolsa Chica Back Bay, Huntington Harbor and Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Parks include Yorba Regional Park, Crystal Cove State, Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park and Irvine Regional Park.
Volunteers will be involved in tasks such as removing rubbish and debris from environmentally sensitive areas, clearing storm drains, removing invasive exotic plants and replacing them with native vegetation, as well as repairing and building new bridges and trails in parks.
"Leaders of the County’s volunteer programs, in recognition of National Volunteer Week and the Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County’s ‘Volunteer Connection Days,’ hope to create awareness of the community’s needs and motivate continued volunteering throughout the year," said Dawson.
To participate in any of the projects mentioned above during April 23, 24, or 25, or to participate in any other projects that may be happening in your city, call (714) 953-5757 extension 109 or check out the Volunteer Center’s web site at http://www.volunteercenter.org/.
During last year’s Volunteer Connection Days, more than 18,000 Orange County citizens participated in 105 projects with an estimated value of $1.072 million.