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The agreement gives OC Parks parking passes to volunteer advocates mentoring abused and neglected children.

(Santa Ana, Calif.) – Volunteers who mentor many of Orange County’s neediest children will have free parking at County regional, wilderness and beach parks, thanks to a new program with OC Parks and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA) designed to get those children outside.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a Memorandum of Understanding with CASA that provides their volunteer advocates with OC Parks annual passes free of charge. CASA is a nonprofit organization that provides children in care with trained volunteer mentors to advocate for their best interests.

“This agreement allows CASA volunteers to provide positive outdoor experiences in our County parks to children who have been abused and neglected,” Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said.

CASA volunteers enrich the lives of children in the program and help them develop life skills through activities and quality time spent together in various settings. Advocate/youth one-on-one activities may include visits to County regional park facilities and the OC Zoo, which the advocates would normally pay for parking out of their own pockets.

In addition to the park passes, the MOU waives park fees for CASA events, including advocate/youth picnics. As part of the agreement, CASA will provide sponsorship value to OC Parks by featuring the OC Parks logo at events and completing a habitat restoration project annually.