Originally from Virginia, Julia Breyer is a junior college transfer student currently attending Chapman University. In April 2007, she signed up to volunteer for a three-month internship with the OC Parks Adopt-A-Park program. However, once she completed her initial commitment with the Volunteer Services division, Julia decided to extend her involvement indefinitely. She has provided outstanding support for the Volunteer Services coordinator and has been particularly active with recruitment, screening and recognition of Adopt-A-Park volunteers. Her passion for volunteerism and the environment has been an inspiration for the Volunteer Services team and has enhanced the program’s overall operation. According to OC Parks Volunteer Services Coordinator Angeline Santiago, “Volunteers are the ‘heartbeat’ of the OC Parks Adopt-A-Park program.” Each year thousands of volunteers participate in a variety of activities from trail maintenance and restoration to leading interpretive hikes and providing visitor education. With the assistance of exceptional interns such as Julia, OC Parks Volunteer Services successfully manages the habitat beautification efforts of more than 400 general volunteers and countless special-event and short-term volunteers who are assigned to 39,000 acres of parkland and open space, which includes 30 OC Parks locations.
As one of the first students to serve in the newly created Adopt-A-Park internship program, Julia dedicated countless hours to help implement the volunteer registration process at dozens of OC Parks locations. In addition, she assisted with volunteer orientation meetings, helped screen potential volunteers, confirmed application requirements and distributed volunteer identification cards. During planning meetings, for the OC Parks First Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, Julia offered creative suggestions for enhancing the program and making it a meaningful event for those being recognized.
Julia’s energetic and caring personality and flexibility in scheduling hours to meet the program’s needs are a plus. She offers to schedule hours on weekdays and weekends, and travels to numerous Orange County locations to assist with volunteer orientations. During orientation sessions, Julia’s precise explanations help simplify the application process for new volunteers. In addition, she provides support for new interns with computer application and volunteer database procedures. Julia’s commitment to volunteerism extends beyond her work within an environmental setting. She also volunteers her time at local soup kitchens and community clinics that serve women and infants.
Since April 2007, Julia has contributed more than 100 hours to the Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Services program. She is organized, responsible and always optimistic. Her loyalty to the program and willingness to learn, teach and do truly inspires others to get involved. OC Parks Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Services is honored to have this very talented and dedicated individual as part of its team.
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