Since February 2010, Katy Devore has found time in her busy schedule to serve as an OC Parks Volunteer Services intern. Initially, she scheduled one day each week, but once she realized the importance of her participation, that timeframe quickly expanded to two days. Since signing up with the Adopt-A-Park program, Katy has contributed more than 135 service hours.
Katy assists with the program’s day-to-day operations and coordinates a variety of administrative assignments. Her attention to detail is an important quality as she enters statistical data such as service hours for thousands of volunteers. The data is essential for OC Parks in tracking the impact of volunteer involvement within its urban, coastal, wilderness and historical parks. In addition to other duties, Katy assists with the importing of hundreds of online applications and performs research-related activities.
NEED: What community or agency need does the volunteer address?
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 Katy, OC Parks Volunteer Services helps facilitate the habitat beautification efforts of hundreds of long-term volunteers and thousands of special-event and episodic volunteers.
New Adopt-A-Park volunteers undergo a lengthy application process, and Katy has provided exceptional administrative support with each phase of the process. Her assistance has been instrumental in moving hundreds of applicants through the screening and placement requirements. Katy can be counted on to approach each assignment with a high level of professionalism, and her ability to identify areas for improvement has enhanced operations within Volunteer Services.
IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?
Over time, Katy has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the Adopt-A-Park Volunteer Program which allows her to quickly and efficiently identify potential problems and present viable solutions. In addition, thanks to Katy, projects that were previously set aside due to limited staffing can now be implemented.
INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?
Katy loves volunteering and believes that everyone should lend a hand in one way or another. Her involvement with the Adopt-A-Park program is an excellent example of how she is following her own advice of helping others. Throughout her internship, Katy has dedicated her time, talents and energy to support staff in rallying volunteers who will help preserve Orange County’s rich natural resources for future generations.
Thank you and congratulations to Katy Devore, 2010 Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner!
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