2017 NACo Achievement Award

You Can Make a Difference as a County of Orange Volunteer!

National Association of Counties (NACo)
2017 Achievement Award
OC Parks Volunteer Program

Begun in 1970, the NACo Annual Achievement Award recognizes innovative county government programs. Awards are given in a number of program categories such as arts & historic preservation, children & youth, community development, county administration, emergency management, health, human services, libraries, parks & recreation and volunteers.

The County of Orange received a total of 20 awards in May 2017, including 16 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) and four Golden Hub of Innovation awards from the Association of California Cities-Orange County (ACC-OC). The OC Parks Volunteer Program is the recipient of the 2017 NACo Achevement Award – volunteer category.

“Across County departments and agencies, we are continuously striving to innovate, improve our process and produce programs to best serve our residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor. “We are honored to receive recognition from both NACo and ACC-OC.” 

A New Volunteer Program for the County of Orange Park System

The new OC Parks Volunteer Program was developed to engage volunteers and enhance the visitor experience. The OC Parks Volunteer Program provides a professional level training, managing and tracking system to over 800 volunteers spanning 26 different park facilities, covering 60,000 acres of open space and park land. The ability for community members to connect with their local parks creates a pride in ownership and a stewardship mentality which improves the parks and engages the community. Volunteers play a critical role in providing opportunities and participation for park visitors, for example opening nature centers, providing guided hikes and themed activities. With a professional and standardized volunteer program, volunteers can feel empowered to make a difference at the parks and in the community.

Click here to find out how you can volunteer with OC Parks.