By Alba Ibarra
The Department of Parks and Recreation’s East Agency recently hosted its annual Cesar Chavez Appreciation Dinner to show gratitude for everything volunteers do for the Department throughout the year.
Volunteers are a vital force in the Department of Parks and Recreation. They selflessly provide assistance in athletic programs, after-school programs, tiny-tot programs, special events, and during general park operations. The commitment and dedication from volunteers is admirable.
The East Agency had more than 1,400 volunteers who graciously provided our staff with assistance in 2017. In 2017, our valued East Agency volunteers donated nearly 190,000 hours of service, at a national volunteer value of more than $4 million.
“We want to thank all of our volunteers, and wish to recognize their efforts,” East Agency Deputy Director Mercy Santoro said. “We thank them for carrying out their assigned duties and responsibilities. We also thank them for being reliable and committed, and appreciate them for making a difference in our parks and in their communities.”
This year, the Department was honored to have the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Dolores Huerta; and Cesar Chavez’s very own son, Fernando Chavez, as Honoree Speakers. Both guests have dedicated their lives to serving their community and advocating to improve people’s lives. Volunteers and employees were very moved by their speeches and their charismatic personalities.
The Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes volunteers of all ages. All of our volunteers undergo a background check, and job duties are matched to the interests and abilities of the prospective volunteers.
If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please visit the park of your choice directly. Employees will be able to provide you with information, answer any questions you may have, and discuss the application process for becoming a volunteer.