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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 9, 2011

Contact: Rebecca Pirtle
Volunteer Services Coordinator
360.337.4650 or

No: 2011-065


Outstanding Volunteers Awarded Recognition

(Port Orchard, WA)  The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will recognize the Organizacio Voluntario Guatemalteco as Outstanding County Volunteers at the board’s Sept. 12 business meeting.

Lori Raymaker, Parks Stewardship Coordinator of the Department of Parks & Recreation, nominated this dedicated group of volunteers from the local Guatemalan community. One of the group’s leaders approached the parks department in April 2010 and asked if there was a way they could help. Working through language barriers, Raymaker introduced the group to the Adopt-A-Park program and they selected Island Lake Park, a popular county park located between Poulsbo and Silverdale. These volunteers have worked at the park on the first Saturday of every month since then, performing tasks the parks staff does not have the time to do. They maintain landscaped areas surrounding the community center and park entrance, clear trails, clean and clear the picnic areas and picnic tables and remove invasive weeds.

According to Raymaker, their work throughout the park, especially around the community center, has made the park more welcoming and inviting for the public. “Their attention to detail and work ethic is outstanding!” she noted.

“Many times, members of this group have told me that adopting the park is their way of being able to give back to the County for all of the services that the County provides for them. It’s not uncommon to have entire families come out to the park to help on the work day,” she said. Because they enjoy giving back to the community so much,
Organizacio Voluntario Guatemalteco also recently adopted Old Mill Park.

“Kitsap County is lucky to have this dedicated community group volunteer with us,” Raymaker said.

The Board of Commissioners is presenting the Organizacio Voluntario Guatemalteco with a certificate and added the group’s name to the special Outstanding County Government Volunteer plaque on display in the lobby of the Kitsap County Administration Building.

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