Last week I provided a small description of my region, the G-Team, but didn’t really go in to detail about their years.  Just as Kimberly did in her last post, I’d like to highlight some of the specific accomplishments of each of the members of my region. Enjoy, and congratulations to these awesome members!

Banneker-Douglass Museum: Adrian developed a new volunteer program for the museum; these volunteers served as docents and assistants to educational programs. Along with recruitment and training of individual and group volunteers, Adrian created policies and procedures, a volunteer handbook, and other program materials from scratch.

Dundalk Renaissance Corporation: Marisa finished a second year working with the Greening of Dundalk Program. Through this program she provided residents with many outlets to understand and better their environment, including tree plantings, community clean-ups, classes and seminars on greening topics (recycling, rain barrel construction) and activities that actively and appropriately engaged the community.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy: Joanna dedicated her energy towards building a stronger foundation for the growing Land Steward Program, a group of volunteers who monitor land properties that must abide by certain regulations of an easement. A more organized structure was implemented through the creation of a new, more formal training, position descriptions, and improved publicity. She also organized efforts to involve volunteers on other levels of the organization’s needs, including creative ways to become involved in publicity at local festivals and events.

Maryland Department of the Environment: Dan revised and added to the previous VMC’s work with the Volunteer Enforcement Corps, a group of volunteers who review documents that are required to be submitted in accordance with environmental permits/regulations by select permittees. Through new recruitment strategies, he was able to increase his volunteer base from 2 to 10, which allowed for more auditing to be completed. He tirelessly advocated for the presence of volunteers within this department, and, in doing so, more projects were completed and the value of volunteers was increased.

St. Francis Neighborhood Center: Corrine recruited and supported a large group of volunteers who served as tutors and mentors for the Power Project, an after-school youth development program. She also established valuable partnerships with local schools and organizations (Loyola College, UMBC) to provide workshops and additional activities for youth and volunteers (i.e. photography classes). She was also creative with volunteer recognition as she created a publicized “Volunteer of the Month” blurb, received in-kind donations for recognition gifts, and established a strong team environment, where many volunteers expressed feeling part of a “family.”

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center: Michel strengthened the relatively nonexistent volunteer program at her site, recruiting volunteers to help with educational tours at the site and with the Fishmobile, a traveling museum of animal displays, aquariums, and touch tanks. Michel provided her site with the momentum and spirit to update the program with new training, an updated volunteer website, more of an online presence, and creative volunteer recognition.

Paul’s Place: Tamara played an important role in bringing organization and additional volunteers to long lasting services, including the hot lunch, market place, computer lab, holiday programs, and children’s programs. She implemented technology (Google Calendars and Raiser’s Edge) to better organize volunteer schedules and hours. Those additions positively influenced the flow of each of the volunteer programs, especially between staff members.

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance: Matt carried on the work of the previous VMC as he focused on improving and sustaining the Creekwatchers, a water monitoring program. He updated their recording system (which increased productivity and eased the process), consistently recruited for volunteers, and helped provide momentum through constant communication and volunteer recognition events. He also took part in other projects, including a rain garden build with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lower Shore, assistance with a Green Infrastructure initiative, and outreach events and talks about the history of the Nanticoke River.

Southeast Community Development Corporation: Jenny developed an extensive greening program for Southeast neighborhoods in Baltimore city (Canton, Bayview, Highlandtown) that supported the community planning services of SECDC. In addition to creating documents (position descriptions, volunteer handbooks, liability forms, and more) she organized regular tree plantings, clean-ups, garden constructions, pavement pathway construction, and other greening initiatives. She also partnered with Marisa, from the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, in creating and hosting a series of educational seminars on environmental topics, called “Think Green, Go Green.”

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