Clearwater Volunteers Save More Than A Million
CLEARWATER. – The Clearwater Parks & Recreation Department received $1,054,750 worth of volunteer assistance during the past fiscal year. This is the first time the value of volunteer services exceeded $1 million. More than 54,000 volunteer hours were served at recreation centers, Moccasin Lake Nature Park, special events, athletic tournaments, community events, beach and park clean-ups.
Ten percent of these volunteer hours involved outdoor service projects. The Adopt A Park program, established in 2005, includes 22 partners that commit to two projects per year. Many other groups and businesses participate in one-time projects.
The city would like to increase the number of community partnerships. Parks & Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar said, “During these tight budget times, volunteers supplement our reduced work force. This allows us to maintain the high level of service that we offer our residents and visitors.”
Any individual or group interested in service projects can call (727) 562-4803 or send an email to Karen.Maldonado@myclearwater.com. A small stipend may be offered to qualified groups that work on certain projects.
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