My Favorite Way to Spend a Saturday
I had been volunteering off and on with the Greenway for a year when I met a volunteer named Amy Spens. She really inspired me to get more involved with the Greenway. At the time, I was a sophomore in high school and she was a senior. She had just completed an internship with the Mountains to Sound Greenway over the summer helping out at the Greenway Trust’s office. She is so bright and bubbly and cheerful, I couldn’t help but want to become more involved. I already loved coming out and volunteering but meeting her really encouraged me to dive in and work.
I started volunteering almost every month after that.
There is nothing more fulfilling than being a Volunteer Assistant with the Greenway. I love working with everyone at the Mountains to Sound Greenway, meeting the AmeriCorps volunteers and learning plant names. I've always wanted to be able to name the plants I see along the side of hiking trails and on walks, and now I can identify an ever-growing number of plants! During trail work, sometimes I stay on a project, like a turnpike, all the way through completion so that I can learn about how the structure is made from beginning to end. There is a lot of hands-on learning which is a lot of fun.
The Volunteer Assistant Program is a great way to give back. I am passionate about the environment and making a difference. I love having the opportunity to help other people experience the wonders of nature and the power of volunteering as well as inspire them the way Amy inspired me. I want to encourage people to be as excited about the Greenway as I am so they will want to come back again and again.
Truth be told, volunteering with the Greenway Trust is my favorite way to spend a Saturday!
Camille is a junior at Skyline High School. She is on the cross country team and also participates in Triathlons. She really enjoys writing and is currently in the process of having her first novel published.