Our incredible community of volunteers never cease to amaze us. We are constantly in awe of their commitment to uphold everything from our mission and vision as an organization, to the state of our facility. This past Spring and throughout the whole summer, Katie has been a constant presence at our Wednesday gardening sessions; it has been such a joy to see her each week. She gives back to the center and shows her support by lending a hand to ensure the grounds and gardens continue to thrive. This month, we say ‘thank you’ to Katie for her dedication, and stewardship to The Ecology Center and our local community. We sat down with Katie to chat about what she loves most about her time here at The Ecology Center, and were excited to hear that she applies our belief that simple solutions make big change, into her own life at home. Read on to learn more about Katie’s experience as a volunteer and what motivates her.
What is your favorite season? Why?
My favorite season is summer. It is the time of the year when I have more time to volunteer and enjoy nature to its fullest. I love everything to do with nature. Volunteering at The Ecology Center gave me a chance to combine my favorite aspects of summer and volunteer in one beautiful place.
How long have you been volunteering at The Ecology Center?
I have been volunteering at The Ecology Center for around seven months.
What is your favorite part of our garden?
The courtyard, with all the fruit trees and herbs, is my favorite place at The Ecology Center. The beauty and practicality of the area reminds me of what I can do in my home garden. It is amazing how much is produced in such a small space.
What are some creative solutions you implement in your home that make a big impact on our environment?
At home, we manually catch water, both gray water, and water which would otherwise go down the drain while waiting for water to warm up, etc. We then use that water in our garden where we grow peppers, heirloom tomatoes, passionfruit, and other plants and herbs. My family is also mindful of what we eat. We eat mostly non-processed foods and I have given up red meat entirely so very little natural resources go into getting the protein I need. We try to focus on the little things that we do right now to save water and resources. Little things can add up to make a big difference.
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I have always loved volunteering and helping those who need it. At school I am a member of key club which allows me to give back to my community in a variety of ways, including volunteering at the Ecology Center.
How do you inspire action in your neighborhood/community?
Last year I brought a group from key club to the Ecology center to make more people aware of the wonderful place that has made a difference in my life. This school year I am focusing on encouraging Key Club members, and other students to volunteer with me.
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