$276,000: thank you volunteers!

12,000 hours.

That’s the amount of time almost 1,000 volunteers have given to Riveredge in just the past nine months alone.

Those numbers are incredible but want to hear a really amazing number? $276,000. The group Independent Sector currently puts the value of a volunteer to a nonprofit organization at $27.03 an hour, meaning Riveredge quite literally could not do so much of our work of bringing the great outdoors to families, schools, and neighborhoods without the help of these dedicated and tireless volunteers.

This National Volunteer Month, we want to recognize and thank our volunteers for the huge difference they make not just on our organization, but on our community as well. There’s our Board of Directors who put countless hours each month into making sure everything we do at Riveredge is effective, innovative, and properly supported. There’s our Teaching Naturalists, Interpretive Naturalists, and summer camp counselors who spread the joy and wonder of nature with children on a daily basis and who often have such an important lifelong impact on those children. There’s our Habitat Healers, sturgeon rearers, water quality monitors, and population counters who are the number one reason Riveredge’s sanctuary stays as beautiful and healthy as it does and that our research and conservation projects continue to make such an impact on threatened wildlife and natural resources. There’s the special event volunteers that let us have thousands of families in the community come together to celebrate everything from physical outdoor activity to the joy of maple sugarin’. There’s the building volunteers who ensure each visitor to Riveredge is greeted with a smile and that every question is answered. And that’s just the start.

Thank you, volunteers. We don’t know where we’d be without you.

Want to join these incredible people in giving back? We’ve got opportunities for folks of every interest and schedule availability. Check out our volunteer page for more details and don’t hesitate to give Pat Fox-Schindler, our Manager of Volunteers and Special Events, a call at 262-375-2715 or an email at volunteers@riveredge.us with any questions! And don’t miss our special Earth Day Service Fest coming up on April 23rd for a day of opportunities to work side by side with Riveredge staff on on some informative and fun service projects.

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