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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.

 

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YPN Blog: April 2018

Posted By KP Kilpatrick, Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Thursday, April 5, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month? A 2012 Huffington Post article highlights that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 64 million people volunteered at least once between September 2010 and September 2011. The Corporation for National and Community Service says it has collectively dedicated 8.1 billion hours to a wide variety of organizations. That donated time and expertise is valued at $173 billion. Volunteers are essential to organizations of all shapes and sizes, and, as young professionals, we often have the opportunity to either volunteer ourselves or lead volunteers at our organizations.

Volunteering opportunities offered by local Parks & Recreation Departments help connect the departments to the surrounding communities. When citizens volunteer their time, it helps enhance the support needed to make recreation and athletic programs operate successfully. Whether it’s a coach, a dance instructor, a referee, or a tutor—volunteers truly help your department thrive. Volunteers can also help you with strategic planning. They help by providing feedback and offering new ideas. Additionally, volunteers help grow the amount of participants in each of your programs. Most volunteers may have children or family members that want to partake in leisure activities. As you know, “word of mouth” is the one of the best and free marketing tools! Also, when people volunteer it empowers them and gives them a sense of accomplishment. Volunteering allows people to give back to their community and support a great cause. Recognizing volunteers for their participation through an awards banquet or luncheon is an awesome concept to keep them committed to their role. Without volunteers, several programs operated by local Parks & Recreation Departments, specifically ones with small budgets, wouldn’t be able to happen due to lack of manpower. Volunteerism and Parks & Recreation go hand-in-hand and will always be a useful concept to help your community thrive!

So this April make sure you thank the great volunteers who support your department or take some time to give back and volunteer yourself.

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Did you know that volunteers with your department are eligible to become members of Local Government Federal Credit Union and get the NCRPA Visa® Check Card? This card was created exclusively for volunteers and employees of parks and recreation departments across North Carolina.

Each time you use your NCRPA Visa® Check Card, LGFCU donates 50 percent of its share of the net merchant's fee directly to programs sponsored by NCRPA. Money generated by using the debit card helps fund scholarships and professional development opportunities for NCRPA members, marketing efforts for the profession, and local community projects.

Learn more here: https://www.lgfcu.org/products/debit-and-gift-cards/ncrpa-debit-card


Meet the Author

Fontae “KP” Kilpatrick, originally from Kinston, NC, obtained his Bachelor's in Recreation Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and his Masters in Sports Management from Middle Tennessee State University. KP has worked for the City of Lexington as the Athletic Director and City of Thomasville as the Recreation Center Director. He is currently the Athletics Program Coordinator for the Town of Wake Forest. KP is also a member of the Local Government Federal Credit Union Advisory Council and a previous member on the Davidson County Parks and Recreation Commission. KP resides in Raleigh with his wife, Jazmine, and their three-year-old son, Harlan.

KP can be reached at fkilpatrick@wakeforestnc.gov or 919-435-9457.



If you are interested in being a guest author for the YPN Blog, please contact Nicole at nicole@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868.

Tags:  community involvement  lgfcu  volunteer month  volunteers  young professionals  ypn 

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Jan Parker NRPA Congress Scholarship has Profound Impact!

Posted By Matthew Carusona, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Friday, December 12, 2014
Updated: Thursday, December 11, 2014

This summer Billy Wilkes, Assistant Director with Craven County Parks & Recreation was announced as the winner of the Jan Parker NRPA Congress Scholarship. This new scholarship was funded with revenue generated through the NCRPA Visa Debit Card in cooperation with the Local Government Federal Credit Union. Billy’s scholarship included congress registration and $200 towards travel and lodging expenses. NCRPA staff was able to catch up with Billy at congress and it was evident that he was both humbled and excited for the opportunity. In his application, Billy stated, “My passion for the parks and recreation field is really simple. I enjoy giving back to a field that has given me so much. From a young age, I played every sport imaginable, attended any camps and special events when offered and was a fixture at the local recreation center. Parks and Recreation truly kept me out of trouble. I love being part of a field that can positively affect the lives of people of all ages”. Many thanks to everyone who uses their NCRPA Visa Debit Card and helps us fund initiatives such as this. If you don’t have the NCRPA Visa Debit Card and would like more information on how to get yours, visit www.ncrpa.net/debitcard or contact the NCRPA office. 

Tags:  LGFCU  NCRPA  Parks  Recreation  Scholarship 

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