California Park & Recreation Society District 6 honors Marina Recreation Members and Volunteers
Marina Recreation and Cultural Services Department members and volunteers have been named California Park & Recreation Society District 6 award recipients. Recipients were recognized at the CPRS District 6 Annual Awards, Installation and General Membership Meeting via Zoom on February 25th.
Marina Recreation Volunteer Suk Horton was honored for her contribution to the Community Food Distribution program, part of the Covid-19 relief emergency operations. She has been present for each of the weekly food distributions every Tuesday & Friday ensuring that the walk-up citizens are taken care of for food support and then managing a team of station drive-through volunteers. Her efforts and her support for 48 weeks of food distribution have provided the Marina community much needed assistance.
Awards of Excellence were also presented to the Marina Virtual Recreation Center and to the Marina Covid-19 Citywide Food Distribution Program.
At the onset of Covid-19, Marina Recreation Department created and sustained a Virtual Recreation Center for Marina residents. April Pastis created the Virtual Recreation Center in March and continues to update it. As a major way of reaching our citizens during Covid-19, the center has sustained a connection with our Recreation Department patrons. This is a clear example of excellence in programming and adjusting to the Covid pandemic to maintain relationship with citizens of Marina.
The Marina Foundation, a non-profit in Marina, stepped up in March to build the Marina Covid-19 Citywide Food Distribution Program. This was launched with a mailer citywide to all Marina residents. Since its inception, this program has been servicing an estimated 4500 residents each week. The food distribution program has been an invaluable asset to the city during this crisis and is a clear example of program excellence.
Three Marina community organizations were honored in the Sponsor category: Monterey County Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club Monterey County and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Missionaries in the California San Jose Mission.
For the last 48 weeks, Monterey County Food Bank has been providing food support for the Marina community three days a week, starting in March of 2020. The food bank team supported by the National Guard has played an essential role in the food support for Marina's city-wide food distribution program. This distribution program is feeding more than 2000 residents weekly.
Boys & Girls Club Monterey County has been a key sponsor of a number of Marina projects including the Covid-19 Food Distribution Program, the school backpacks program, low income housing weekend food bags program, toy support for Christmas, Virtual Recreation Center programming, access to their youth and teen Virtual Clubhouses and a variety of other collaborative programs that have enhanced the recreation support for the Marina youth and residents citywide.
The San Jose Missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been providing a large group of volunteers for Marina’s weekly Tuesday & Friday Food Distribution Program. Under the emergency operation order put in place in March, this group of dedicated young people have worked for the past 48 weeks to provide the majority of the volunteer support. They are the backbone of Marina's Covid-19 Food Distribution Program.
At the awards presentation, Jeff Uchida, Chair the City of Marina's Recreation and Cultural Service Commission, said that Recreation and Cultural Services director Terry Seigrist was responsible for Marina's great programs. "Without Terry's leadership, none of this would be done. We are extremely fortunate to have him."
Dan Meewis, Recreation Director for the City of Seaside echoed, "The County is grateful to have him."
In an email to Marina staff, Marina City Council member Cristina Medina Dirksen remarked, "We all know how valuable our recreation team are and it's time everyone else in our region know as well."
CPRS is a membership organization with 4,000 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources, and advocacy.