A big thank you for all of you who helped to make our October 15th Open House and Volunteer Appreciation a wonderful success! We had a very fun evening full of friends both new and old and with 50+ attendees – a full house!
We recognized our volunteers for the hundreds of hours of hard work they contribute to us every year. UVLT Stewardship Coordinator Jason Berard noted that the support of the community results in a Land Trust that is an integrated part of the community and a stronger organization overall. He covered the following highlights of our volunteers’ service:
· Volunteer engagement contributes to our efficiency with supporters donations. This past fiscal year UVLT accomplished $7 of conservation for every $1 given.
· Volunteers gave over 1050 hours this past fiscal year; 650 hours in property monitoring alone – an increase from last year.
· Volunteers expand our capabilities as an organization including our efficiency in larger projects like the creation of the Lyme Hill Conservation Area and trail work at Zebedee, and allows for unexpected fun like the UVLT HOP 50th piano!
· If you link all the boundaries of UVLT conserved land together, it equals 904 miles, which is the same distance as from Hanover to Peoria, IL! Our volunteers help us cover a lot of ground!
We also sang three outdoor songs led on piano by musician Robin Russell including: ‘Garden Song’ by David Mallett and ‘River’ by Bill Staines.
Though the video is rather shaky we hope you enjoy hearing our rendition of Woody Guthrie’s ‘This Land is Your Land’!
If you’re in the neighborhood stop on by. Though the event is over, our doors are always open and we’d be happy to see you!