Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

OC Community Resources
OC Parks, Adopt-A-Park

Tina Bates

ACTION: What does the volunteer do?

As an Adopt-A-Park volunteer, Tina Bates provides exceptional administrative and staff support for OC Parks Volunteer Services. She assists with data entry, clerical assignments, on-line volunteer applications, research and data collection. In addition, Tina contributed to the success of the 2009 California Coastal Clean Up Day event by helping to organize and distribute event supplies. She is meticulous in tracking Adopt-A-Park volunteer hours so that the impact of volunteer involvement can be accurately reported at a department and countywide level.

NEED: What community or agency need does the volunteer address?

The Adopt-A-Park program includes hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time on an ongoing basis throughout the year and thousands of special event and episodic volunteers who participate on a temporary basis. All of the volunteers require varying levels of screening, placement, orientation, training, supervision and recognition. Tina’s efforts have helped transition hundreds of potential volunteers through a structured application process to successful placement as Adopt-A-Park volunteers. She works diligently in providing staff support for Volunteer Services, and her involvement definitely enhances the program’s daily operations.

IMPACT: What is different as a result of the volunteer's service?

Through Tina’s long-term commitment to the Adopt-A-Park program and her work with OC Parks Volunteer Services, she’s gained knowledge and skills strategic to the office’s daily operations. As a result, Tina is often a great resource in answering questions and gathering information.

INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?

Tina loves volunteering and understands the importance of giving back to the community. She believes that communities flourish and thrive if everyone volunteers in some capacity. Tina believes that no act of kindness or good deed is too small, and no endeavor to protect and improve the environment should go unnoticed.


Tina was first introduced to the Adopt-A-Park program in January 2007 when she attended an orientation meeting with her daughter who needed to complete volunteer hours to fulfill high-school graduation requirements. Tina hadn’t expected to volunteer, but quickly signed up at the end of the meeting. Over the years, Tina has dedicated two days each week to her volunteer endeavors with OC Parks Volunteer Services, contributing more than 300 service hours. When she suffered a serious knee injury in 2008, she was determined to maintain her volunteer involvement by providing administrative support from home while recovering from the injury.

Thank you, Tina, for your outstanding contributions to OC Parks Volunteer Services!

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