Toledo Zoo Volunteer Program Lauded

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 by: Shayla Moriarty | Category: Community Interest

TOLEDO, Ohio – Leaders influence others first by who they are and then by what they do. Toledo Zoo’s volunteer program is considered a leader and model for Zoo’s around the world and recently received several prominent awards for their efforts. The Zoo’s volunteer manager, Bill Davis, recently received the Clean Streams Partner Award from the Partners for Clean Streams at their 11th Annual General Meeting at Olander Park in Sylvania. Davis accepted the award, that also recognized the long-standing partnership with PNC Bank and the ZOOTeens program, on behalf of all ZOOTeens past and present, as well as the Zoo’s volunteer staff. Through Davis’ efforts, the volunteer program was also recently awarded a $2,000 grant from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to support their Party for the Planet Spring into Action Family Event. Party for the Planet is the Zoo’s community recycling event held the weekend of Earth Day in April. After the event, the Zoo will have the opportunity to submit activities to the Party for the Planet® Spring into Action contest, where the winning organization will receive a $25,000 conservation donation. The ZOOTeens program as a whole was also honored as volunteer(s) of the year by the Ohio Provider Resource Association or OPRA, a statewide association of service providers for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The ZOOTeens program was nominated by Josina Lott Residential and Community Services, a local organization the program has supported for over a decade. The teenage volunteer corps were honored for their compassion and service to area organizations and individuals with disabilities. “The Zoo is extremely proud of our volunteer program, that is made up of nearly 900 individuals, ages 13 – 92 who give over 67,000 of hours of service to the Zoo and our community each year. They help make the quality guest experience our visitors have come to know and love through their personal interactions and extensive knowledge of our animals. They are the face of our Zoo and help drive our mission forward in the community,” said Shayla Bell Moriarty, Toledo Zoo’s director of communications.

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