2014 was the biggest year yet for our volunteer program!
We logged thousands of volunteer hours in our gardens, classrooms, trails, and just about everywhere else you can think in the park. Here are a few highlights from the year, by the numbers:
8,500 – volunteer hours donated
1,500 –trees planted by volunteers
1,000 – envelopes stuffed by volunteers
155 –bird species documented by Beckham Bird Club volunteers in Beckley Creek and Pope Lick Parks
67 –new volunteers trained for our education programs and first-ever Trail Team
19 –corporate, school, and scout groups that donated over 750 hours of volunteer time to the park
11 – community leaders on our all-volunteer board
2 – volunteer bloggers
2 – creek sweep cleanup events
1 – baby pool removed from Floyds Fork during previously mentioned creek sweep
1 – number of people it takes to make a difference in The Parklands
Through the help of these dedicated volunteers, we were able to deliver world-class educational programming through our Outdoor Classroom; keep our lakes, streams, and trails clean; remove invasive garlic mustard from sensitive riparian areas; mulch our garden beds and playgrounds; improve water drainage at The Barklands dog park; restore native plant species and much, much, more.
Above all, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who put in such hard work to make this year a success. Whether you braved the cold to plant bulbs with our garden crew, joined us for an afternoon of making flower arrangements for a big event, or came out with your coworkers to help plant trees, your time makes such a difference here at The Parklands.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, either as an individual or with a group, please visit our volunteer page here or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you out at the park in 2015!
After joining 21st Century Parks as an intern in January of 2012, Ali Greenwell was hired as Development Coordinator. After 6 months assisting in fundraising efforts, Greenwell was converted to Program Coordinator, with her main responsibility being managing and growing volunteer programs and partnerships. You might also find her giving presentations and leading hikes. Greenwell is a graduate of Bellarmine University, where she earned a degree in Communication with a focus in Environmental Studies. Contact me about: Volunteering
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