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Park District Dish: Batavia Park District launches new volunteer program

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:05 p.m. CDT

The Batavia Park District is inviting the community to, “Be a part of the fun ... volunteer!”

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, in 2012 more than a quarter of a million people donated their time and expertise as volunteers for park and recreation programs and services across the country, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in personnel costs.

In 2013, the Batavia Park District had more than 200 volunteers donate their time and effort through a variety of different projects. These volunteers were able to contribute a total of 1,500 hours, which helped save the district and taxpayers more than $13,000.

Being a volunteer does not just benefit the community, but it allows individuals to give back in a unique way.

“There is a feeling of accomplishment and pride that many volunteers feel once they have completed a project,” said Brittany Kovach, marketing and sponsorship coordinator.

The Batavia Park District’s new volunteer program will allow individuals, families, teens, school groups and even businesses and civic organizations the opportunity to donate their time. Whether it is to boost morale, obtain service hours or create a family memory, there is a place for everyone in the new program.

“Volunteers are a vital part of our organization,” Kovach said. “This new program is a way for us to build relationships with our volunteers. We want people to take ownership of the programs, events and parks within their community.”

Whether it is just an hour or a full day, participants can choose to volunteer for the Batavia Depot Museum, parks and natural resources, senior citizen activities or special events throughout the year. A list of current volunteer opportunities can be found online at www.bataviaparks.org/volunteering.

Becoming a volunteer is easy. Interested individuals and groups can fill out a volunteer form to express their interest in the program. From that point, the volunteer will be contacted and a training date will be set. The training will help volunteers understand their duties and responsibilities. Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt, and the first 50 volunteers to sign up will receive a special gift.

“We hope this program will be a great outlet for the community,” Kovach said. “We’re excited to see what we’ll be able to accomplish with our new program and all of our volunteers.”

To learn more about the Batavia Park District’s new volunteer program, call 630-879-5235 or visit www.bataviaparks.org.

• Angela Senkpeil is a summer marketing intern for the Batavia Park District. Contact her at editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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