Patricia Steck

Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner

OC Community Resources
OC Animal Care


Pictured from left to right, OC Animal Care Director Ryan Drabek,
Volunteer Program Coordinator Meghan Koyama, Honoree Patricia Steck &
OC Community Resources Administrative Manager Matthew Le.

ACTION: What does the volunteer do?

Since joining the OC Animal Care volunteer team on May 12, 2013, Patricia Steck has contributed more than 150 hours of service. Her volunteer efforts as a Kitten Nursery Attendant focus on caring for the shelter’s stray and abandoned kittens. In this capacity, Patricia has attended to hundreds of underage, orphaned kittens awaiting placement with a rescue organization or foster home. Due to the kittens’ young age, they are incredibly defenseless and require the astute attention of very dedicated volunteers to ensure that they are kept clean, fed and healthy.

NEED: What community need does the volunteer address?

Patricia has excelled as a Kitten Nursery Attendant, and it didn’t take long for her to complete the training required to become a lead volunteer for the Kitten Nursery.  Lead volunteers serve as role models for new and current volunteers and are responsible for training new attendants. Patricia is recognized throughout OC Animal Care for her ability to effectively train new volunteers so that they can quickly and efficiently assume their duties in the Kitten Nursery.

In addition to other responsibilities, Patricia is meticulous in tracking the inventory of supplies utilized by volunteers so that they can successfully care for young, vulnerable animals. Her attention to detail and ability to anticipate the needs of volunteers working within the Kitten Nursery have provided incredible support 

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

Patricia has developed strong working relationships with staff members and fellow volunteers. She effectively communicates volunteer concerns, updates and requests to staff, and this open communication helps to ensure that the volunteer program and shelter operations function smoothly and efficiently.

INSPIRATION: What makes the volunteer unique/special?

Patricia is truly a special volunteer due to her willingness to learn new skills and assume additional responsibilities. She is amazing in her ability to find innovative ways to assist staff and provide exceptional leadership for other volunteers. Her dedication in nurturing and attending to very young, helpless animals inspires other to get involved. Patricia’s positive attitude, great leadership skills, insightful recommendations and caring nature make her a valued and appreciated member of OC Animal Care’s volunteer team.

Thank you and congratulations to Patricia Steck, Excellence in Volunteerism Award Winner!

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