Volunteers are the bedrock of FOR. They are the foundation we rest upon. From Riverfest to planting trees and litter cleanups, from guiding paddle trips down the river to stuffing envelopes in the office, we count on volunteers to help us get the job done.
Who are they?
Describing our typical volunteer is difficult, because they come in many shapes and sizes. They are Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, civic groups, retirees and college students. Some of our volunteers have specialized skills, like public relations or woodworking. Others help with education and outreach activities. The bottom line is, if you have time and want to help protect your Rappahannock River, there’s a place for you at Friends of the Rappahannock.
What do they do?
Each spring our Student Stream Team volunteers plant hundreds of trees along area waterways, reducing erosion and nutrient pollution. During the summer months, volunteers help us build and install rain gardens and rain barrels that help control stormwater runoff. During the academic year, students from local schools and the University of Mary Washington support projects like our Wildlife Festival, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, membership drives and fund-raising efforts. Volunteers are always making a difference when it comes to our “big three” mission objectives: Advocacy, Restoration and Education.
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step in getting involved is completing our volunteer availability spreadsheet. Our staff members access this spreadsheet to determine which volunteers are available for specific times and days and what skills and interests they have. Log onto http://goo.gl/forms/rqxA8qWTSE to provide your volunteer information.
Who do I talk to?
Woodie Walker is our community conservationist and the point of contact when it comes to more information about volunteering at Friends of the Rappahannock. He works with individuals and groups to accomplish our conservation goals. His phone number is (540) 373-3448 x. 117 and his e-mail address is [email protected]
FOR volunteers log hundreds of hours each year supporting our projects. We hope you’ll be the newest member of our volunteer team.
See you on the river!