The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a volunteer-based organization. Volunteers establish and maintain trails, run programs, paint buildings, plant trees and flowers, chop wood, raise money, help visitors, sit on the Board, build shelves. . . . Ever tasted some of the wonderful food served during the annual Celebration? Volunteers cooked it and served it.
Every April we set aside two Saturdays for park spring cleaning—Chainsaw Day and Trail Day. In 2019, Chainsaw Day will be held on Saturday, April 13 (9 a.m.), and Trail Day will be the following Saturday, April 20 (9 a.m.).
We do the heavier work on Chainsaw Day. We're looking for people to come with their own equipment, go out to pre-selected sites, and tackle fallen trees and other larger issues. On Trail Day, we again break up into groups and head out. We do things like pick up garbage, remove winter debris, rake leaves and rocks, and clear trails.
To show our appreciation, each year we provide all volunteers on both days with hot beverages and food and a T-shirt honoring our work day sponsors.
Note! If you or your group can't make either of those days, give us a call anyway. We can use your help all year long: 570-967-7275.
Weekend Host: Supervise the Wheaton House on weekend afternoons, provide park and historical information, and monitor sales
Special Events: Help to organize and/or conduct one or more of our yearly events (July 3 All-American Music, Trail Race, Celebration)
Small Repairs: Become a "handyperson" and help with the many small repair and maintenance problems that arise
Woodworker: Make park signs, build shelving units and book cases, repair/maintain wood floors
Scrap-booking: Make scrapbooks out of our newspaper articles, photographs, and publicity mementos
Fund Raiser: Help to organize and/or conduct a large fund-raising project for the park
University Liaison: Help tap the student and faculty resources at local colleges and universities
We recently became aware of an online publication, How to Volunteer as a Senior, (produced by Aginginplace.org, a resource hub about specific aspects of aging) that outlines the many ways people benefit from volunteering. Although the publication was written specifically for seniors, and the research cited is largely from studies involving seniors, it is the case that the benefits of volunteering are not limited to seniors.
I quote: "Volunteering has its social, mental, and physical benefits for people of all ages."
The publication is a quick (about 14-minute), easy, yet thoughtful and thought-provoking read. These are the benefits identified:Volunteering is socially beneficial: "Volunteering at events . . . [is] a great way to interact with a wide range of people in the community."
"I volunteer at Salt Springs because it is a tranquil place where I can get back to nature and back to myself."—Ellen Fortunato