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Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation needs volunteers for a number of aquatic activities, including swim meets and the annual Doggie Dip.
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Volunteer coaches are needed in a variety of youth sports programs.
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department offers the community an assortment of recreational, social and wellness-related activities for every age. But much of the community-building work that is done could not be accomplished without the help of dedicated volunteers.
There's something for everyone in the realm of volunteering for the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department, including sports, aquatics, park clean-up, and even socializing. What better way to give back and showcase ones commitment to our community than to volunteer?
Richard Fibish, program services superintendent, was a coach for many years before moving to Corpus Christi, so he feels right at home overseeing four areas within the Parks & Recreation Department, including sports.
“We’re always needing volunteer coaches,” Fibish said.
Volunteers can coach baseball, basketball and soccer, and must go through a background check before working with young athletes. Call 361.826.PLAY (7529) for details.
Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to beat the summer heat than to volunteer with a splash. Westly Tupa, aquatics area supervisor, has been with Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation for only a short while, however, he is already making big plans for the summer. Tupa said volunteers are needed for swim meets, as well as popular events like the Doggie Dip (where dog lovers can bring their pups together for a swim). This event always brings in a crowd, and the more helping hands, the better.
“I especially like being able to interact with the patrons, the lifeguards and seeing the turnouts at the events,” Tupa said. “I like it when people show up and are having fun.”
For more information, contact Tupa at 361.826.1749.
Another great way to show appreciation for the beautiful parks around Corpus Christi is to adopt one. This allows citizens to dedicate their time, talents and hard work towards keeping that beauty intact. Volunteers can pick up trash, paint weathered outdoor furniture, help cultivate community gardens, build playground equipment or assist with other landscape enhancements.
There are more than 190 parks and two Bayfront beaches that need community support. To learn more about adopting a park, contact 361.826.1934.
Some of us just like to meet new people and socialize. If that's you, you might be the perfect fit for the Senior Companion Program. Through this federally funded program, volunteers provide companionship for homebound individuals. They get to help with everyday tasks, such as driving and walking with elderly individuals. It's common for volunteers who do this kind of service to make life-long friends with individuals and their families, too. Volunteers must meet income and age criteria.
Also offered to seniors are programs like Nutrition Services and RSVP, a federally funded program for those 55 and older that matches volunteers with appropriate service opportunities. To volunteer for the Senior Companion Program, call 361.826.3150.
For further information about these services, volunteer opportunities and more, visit ccparkandrec.com or call 361.826.PLAY (7529).
By Wendy Moore