April 2024

Volunteer shown giving a demonstration at the American Indian Festival, 2023

Volunteer shown at Clearwater Nature Center, 2022

Volunteers shown at the annual Glow Walk for Autism, 2024

Volunteers shown assisting at the KABOOM! playground build at Fort Washington Forest Community Center, 2023

This month we celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 21-27. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon through an executive order which dedicated a week to honoring volunteers. Nixon recognized the importance of volunteerism and saw the need to celebrate those who selflessly give their time to make a difference. Today, National Volunteer Week continues to inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and give back to their communities. From organizing community clean-up events to coaching youth and supporting those in need, National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to showcase your dedication to making a difference.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the amazing volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time, skills, and passion to making a difference with M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County. Throughout the week, we will highlight the stories and experiences of some of our remarkable volunteers. Their journeys remind us of the power of volunteerism. Stay tuned to our social media channels as we share their impactful stories.

Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or looking to get involved for the first time, there are countless ways to observe this special week and make a meaningful impact. Here are some ideas on how to observe National Volunteer Week:

  1. Embrace the spirit of National Volunteer Week by performing random acts of kindness throughout the week. Whether it's leaving positive notes in public spaces, or simply offering a listening ear to someone in need, every act of kindness counts!
  2. Get Involved Today! National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to join our team! The Department offers a variety of opportunities from assisting at historic museums to teaching dance classes. Visit pgparks.com/volunteer to learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up today.
  3. Use your voice to raise awareness about the importance of volunteerism. Share how you're making a difference in your community on your favorite social media platform and don't forget to tag us @pgparks

President's Volunteer Service Award

Make your mark with the President's Volunteer Service Award! The President's Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious honor recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation.

If you have provided 100+ hours (50+ hours for ages 13 to 15) of unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others within a 12-month period, you may be eligible to be nominated for the award. The award package includes a customized certificate, choice of the official pin, coin, or medallion and a congratulatory letter signed by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Contact the Volunteer Services Office at courtney.harvey@pgparks.com or call 301-446-3313 if you would like more information.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering click here!

Looking Ahead

The Department of Parks & Recreation is building a new playground in partnership with KABOOM!, and you are invited! Join us May 1-3, at Oakcrest Community Center as we come together to bring this new play space to life!

No experience is necessary. Sign up today at pgparks.com/volunteer

Are you a student looking for Student-Service Learning hours?

The Department offers students the opportunity to complete a meaningful volunteer service within your community, gain a great learning experience, all while obtaining Student Service Learning hours.

From annual community days & festivals to summer day camps, we have an opportunity for you! Visit pgparks.com/volunteer to view available opportunities.

Come out and join us for a celebration of artesian crafts and herbs at the annual Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea, and the Arts. Visit with vendors on the grounds, relax to live music in the Music Tent, attend a talk on gardening, or tour the house museum. This family friendly event has sights and sounds of nature, art, and history for everyone! Mark your calendars and spread the word!

For more information, visit pgparks.com

Join us for a full day of excitement, games, carousel rides, interactive exhibits, vendors, and more at Kinderfest. This annual festival held at Watkins Park is free and a perfect family friendly event. Mark your calendars and spread the word!

Volunteer opportunities are available! Click here to sign up today.

The Department is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Come and experience the wonders of Patuxent River Park. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, our park has something for everyone! For more information visit pgparks.com

Stay connected with the latest happenings at the Department of Parks & Recreation! Our Live More, Play More weekly newsletter is packed with updates on upcoming community events, classes, workshops, and more! Subscribe here today!

Work Where You Play with The Department of Parks & Recreation! Discover our exciting job opportunities, from health & wellness to park maintenance, aquatics, information technology and more! We have a position for you, so apply today! Visit our website to explore current openings here.

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