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VOLUNTEERVOICE

WINTER 2019 • PALATINE PARK DISTRICT

Gratefully acknowledging the many individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference in our community. PUBLIC LANDS DAY

Palatine Public Library and Others Pitch in During Public Lands Day Service Initiatives This 25th National Public Lands Day, with a theme of RESTORATION AND RESILIENCE, drew more than 250,000 volunteers to trail maintenance, planting projects, trash pick-ups and other refurbishing activities across the country. Every day, natural disasters, extreme weather, human activities, and a host of other factors take their toll on our public lands, threatening the health and well-being of the people and wildlife who depend on them. Public land managers, volunteers, and others who steward these special places work tirelessly to restore them, make them more resilient to future threats, and ensure that people and wildlife continue to enjoy them for years to come. Thank you to all the volunteers who engaged in our National Public Lands Day volunteer effort, helping to improve our quality of life and the local environment. On September 29th, the Palatine Public Library Service Committee and other community members met at the Hicks Road Underpass for a Public Lands Day service project. They painted over graffiti in the tunnel and collected debris from the surrounding bike trail. In addition, there were over 20 volunteers at Margreth Riemer Reservoir who removed invasive species of plants and collected debris from the Reservoir and Palatine Trail.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Frosty Family Fun – January 18 Date Night – February 7 Indoor Sail Away Movie Night – March 1 Parents Night Out – March 8 Hound Egg Hunt – April 13 Sign up today at Earth Day – April 20 volunteer.palatineparks.org Head to the Hills – April 27 Musical Matinee – April 29 Big Trucks – May 4


Fall Volunteer Highlights Thank you to the many volunteers who have provided service to our community this past fall. Below is a collage of the wonderful work done in our community at the following events: Cutting Hall 90th Anniversary Celebration; St. Peters Group Service Project; Palatine Rotary Oktoberfest; Pure Water Technology Corporate Service Project; Public Lands Day – Riemer Reservoir; Public Lands Day – Hicks Underpass; Fitness Center Open House; Goody Bags & Pizza Dinner; Fall Fest; Goody Bags & Appetizers; Halloween Party; Palatine Chamber Business Expo & Community Showcase; Goody Bag Extravaganza & Dinner; Turkey Trot Packet Pick Up Day 1; Turkey Trot Packet Pick Up Day 2; Turkey Trot; Allegro Annual Holiday Concert; Staff Holiday Party. Many thanks to all our volunteers for providing services which have included, Celebration Assistants, Ushers, Raffle Table Attendants, Goody Bag Stuffers, Packet Pick Up Assistants, Water Station Aides, Registration Aides, Course Marshals, Sponsorship Aides, Special Event Assistants, Clerical Assistants, Painters, Mascots, Mascot Handlers, Environmental Stewardship Volunteers, Game Attendants, Fall Fest Event Assistants (various roles), Fitness Center Custodians, Line Monitors, and more! If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering at Palatine Park District and the available roles visit volunteer.palatineparks.org.


TEST YOUR VOLUNTEER KNOWLEDGE

How Much Do You Know About Volunteering?

See the Difference We Made Together in 2018!

Source: goodnet.org

Volunteering has been shown to have far reaching benefits, ranging from improving health and well-being to even increasing the prospect of getting a better job! Take this fun quiz to see how volunteer savvy you are, and then visit volunteer.palatineparks.org to get involved! See page 4 for answers.

1. Volunteering has been proven to decrease: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Dementia 2. Which of these celebrities volunteered in India? Khloe Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Hillary Swank, Jennifer Aniston 3. Volunteering has been known to increase depression and feelings of guilt: True or False 4. Which country has the highest percentage of volunteer participation? United States, Germany, Canada, Turkmenistan 5. Volunteering can increase longevity: True or False 6. Adults who began volunteering as youth are five times as likely to volunteer: True or False 7. What is the top destination for volunteering abroad programs? India, Peru, Thailand, Kenya 8. Actively volunteering can improve your chances of landing your next job: True or False 9. How many individuals volunteered for Palatine Park District in 2018? 267, 598, 1,348, 1,644

“Kindness is like snow – It beautifies everything it covers.” -Kahlil Gibran

1,348

Palatine Park District Volunteers Spent

20,251 Hours Supporting

83,000

Park District Residents


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Palatine Park District Hosts Pure Water Technology Corporate Service Project Pure Water Technology of Lincolnshire, IL demonstrated their mission with a waterside environmental corporate service project for 20 employees at Dutch Schultz Recreation Area near Palatine Hills Golf Course on September 19th. Staff members removed invasive species of plants and mulched around the waterside and playground. Kim Liotus, representative from Pure Water Technology, stated, “We worked with the Palatine Park District to organize our corporate service project. The whole process was seamless from start to finish! The Park District provided a few different projects for us to work on at one location which allowed everyone to be involved. They provided instructions, equipment and ongoing support throughout the day. Our team had a great time and could see the improvements they made. We would be happy to partner with them again!” If you’re interested in having Palatine Park District host your corporate service project, more information can be found in the blue box on the right.

How Much Do You Know About Volunteering Answer Key: 1. Blood pressure: A Carnegie Mellon study found that 200 hours of volunteering per year correlated to lower blood pressure among the volunteers. 2. Hillary Swank: Oscar winner Hillary Swank volunteered her time working with children in an orphanage in Palampur, a village in Northern India. 3. False: a 2013 study from BMC Health found that volunteering is associated with reduced symptoms of depression and increased life satisfaction and well-being. 4. Turkmenistan: According to the World Giving Index 2012, Turkmenistan was listed out of 10 countries with the highest level of participation in volunteering time. 5. $24.69: The estimated value of volunteer time is $24.69 per hour. This estimate acknowledges the enormous contribution that volunteers make to charitable organizations, helping them offset costs. 6. True: Older Americans who volunteer frequently live longer and report less disability. Previous research has shown that volunteers live longer. This was observed in volunteers age 70 and older. 7. False: United Way found that adults who began volunteering as youth are TWICE as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger. 8. India: According to the Official Volunteer Abroad Trends Report by Go Overseas, India is the most sought out volunteer destination. 9. True: A Time Bank UK survey among leading businesses found that 73% would employ someone who has volunteered over someone who hasn’t. Volunteering can offer an opportunity to try something new or gain experience in a different field, while also giving back to the community. 10. 1,348: 1,348 volunteers gave their time to assist our Palatine community.

WE CAN HELP YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT CORPORATE SERVICE PROJECT Corporate Social Responsibility: A concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in the interaction with their stakeholders on a voluntary basis.

Employees who volunteer their time to company service projects believe their service: • • • • •

Benefits them personally Improves their ability to perform their work duties Improves their ability to cope with job challenges Develops contacts and skills that can be used on the job Improves self-esteem and sense of pride

Benefits of demonstrating corporate social responsibility:

• Altruistic intentions—good global citizens • Means of recruiting, motivating, and retaining employees • Customer and public relations

How Palatine Park District can help:

We can assist in organizing company service projects which demonstrate your company’s mission, values, and philosophy. • Environmental Beautification Projects (plantings, landscaping, etc.) • Stables Stewardship Programs • Corporate Clean Up Projects (graffiti, trails, parks) • Health and Wellness Events • Special Event Assistance

Alissa DePue Volunteer Coordinator

Email: adepue@palatineparks.org Phone: 847.496.6212

Volunteer Voice is a publication of Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood Street, Palatine, IL, 847.991.0333, palatineparks.org. Would you like to submit a comment or question or suggest an article idea to the editor? Contact Alissa DePue at adepue@palatineparks.org or 847.496.6212. For more information about the volunteer program, or to sign up, visit volunteer.palatineparks.org.

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