Oldsmar’s new Volunteer Program a “win-win” for everyone involved

A group of Wells Fargo district and branch managers participated in Oldsmar’s new Volunteer Program on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

Oldsmar’s new Volunteer Program is saving money and improving the City while providing opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations to give back to the community.

The program has already proven to be a success ever since Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly implemented it a couple of months ago.

Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly.

In May, employees from Nielsen Media painted benches and bathrooms at Veterans Memorial Park, and in June, 31 Nielsen interns participated in a shoreline cleanup.

“We just started a formalized City volunteer program for individuals, groups or corporations, and last month, we had 270 volunteer hours and calculated we saved $6,200 in offset labor costs,” Donnelly, who took over for Lynn Rives in February, said.

Administrative assistant Caren Beil, who is helping coordinate the program, said utilizing the volunteers frees up city staff to work on other projects.

“It’s great because we can’t always expend the manpower hours needed to do every project,” she said. “So, this program helps us, and it helps the corporations and organizations looking to help in the community.”

Indeed, the latest volunteer project took place on Wednesday and it featured a dozen Wells Fargo Bank division and branch managers laying sod at a City facility.

Wells Fargo employees help lay sod at a City facility as part of Oldsmar’s new Volunteer Program on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

According to Poliana Junqueira, Wells Fargo VP/District Manager of the North Bay District, the project was a perfect fit for the company.

“At Wells Fargo, caring for customers and communities is embedded in our culture,” Junqueira, who is based in Palm Harbor said.

“We strive to create positive, lasting impact—socially, economically, and environmentally—through our operations, business practices, philanthropy, and community engagement.”

Poliana Junqueira, Wells Fargo’s VP/District Manager of the North Bay District, lays sod in Oldsmar on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.

“It’s a way to connect with the city. It’s the heart of what we do.”

Junqueira said that in addition to helping beautify the community, the volunteer work serves as an excellent team building exercise.

“This is my team, and I believe this is a way to build strong teamwork and build the community, to volunteer and give back,” she said. “This is all coming from the heart, because it’s important to give back. We’re making a difference in our community.”

Donnelly said there is no shortage of projects available for those looking to help.

“We’re seeking volunteers to do everything from helping with the programs at the community center to environmental cleanup and enhancements as well as park maintenance,” she said.

“We have something that will fit everybody’s needs.”

She added the program benefits everyone, as there are many companies and organizations looking to do volunteer work.

“It’s a win-win for both sides,” Donnelly said.

For more information on Oldsmar’s Volunteer Program, contact Caren Beil at 813-749-1267.

Enjoy this photo gallery of recent City of Oldsmar volunteer efforts:

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