By Kevin Jimenez
The Department of Parks and Recreation values the aid and assistance that our volunteers provide every day. These volunteers help the Department to ensure that our communities are well-served.
Once a year, our North Community Services Agency honors its volunteers by inviting them to the Cesar Chavez Volunteer Awards Banquet, which was held recently at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills. The volunteers are honored around Cesar Chavez Day, because “community” was so important to the great civic leader.
This is our way of honoring the volunteers who have given so much of their time to our parks and patrons. Not only were they honored by our Department, but they also received signed scrolls from Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
North Agency Deputy Director Jon Gargan acknowledged the importance of all park volunteers.
“Working alongside our recreation team, our volunteers play a critical role in providing quality recreational and cultural programs, as well as specialized services to all children and families who visit our parks,” he said. “Many of our programs that we offer at our parks would not be possible without them.”
Our volunteers vary from teenagers to retirees. They donate their personal time to help others, and they give a deeper meaning to the broad terms of “community service” and “giving back.”
To sign up to be a volunteer, please contact the staff at your local County park.