The Watershed Institute Celebrates its Volunteers

June 9th, 2023

At The Watershed Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, advocacy, stewardship, and education, volunteers play a crucial role in furthering the organization’s mission. During the past year, more than 1,000 volunteers provided more than 7,600 hours of service, complementing and extending the impact of our 40 staff members. The Watershed heavily relies on the dedication and expertise of its volunteers, who passionately contribute their time and talents throughout the year. 

To express appreciation for their outstanding efforts, The Watershed Institute recently hosted an appreciation event attended by more than 80 volunteers. The event was marked by a celebratory atmosphere, where staff and volunteers came together to enjoy a barbecue, engage in games, and socialize.  

Executive Director Jim Waltman expressed deep gratitude for the invaluable contributions of the volunteers to our mission of keeping water clean, safe, and healthy, saying “These passionate individuals serve as ambassadors in the community, bringing their wisdom, expertise, and depth of experience to the organization.” 

Volunteer Coordinator Eve Niedergang opened the evening by acknowledging the critical role of volunteers, describing them as the missing link that allows The Watershed Instituteto fulfill its mission. She highlighted some remarkable statistics that showcased the impact of their collective efforts: 

  • More than 85 volunteers contributed more than 2,600 hours of service at the welcome desk, providing valuable assistance to visitors.
  • 750 volunteers dedicated 1,500 hours to stream cleanups, actively working to preserve and protect the local waterways.
  • Nearly 100 StreamWatchers diligently recorded 1,000 hours, closely monitoring the health of streams, and ensuring their long-term sustainability.
  • Counselors in Training generously volunteered almost 1,000 hours, creating memorable experiences for children at the summer camp.
  • The dedicated corps of 10 critter-care volunteers invested almost 400 hours in ensuring the well-being of the Watershed Center’s beloved animals. 
  • Special events volunteers enthusiastically contributed more than 600 hours,making each event a resounding success. 

The Watershed Institute deeply values its volunteers, as they contribute significantly to achieving the organization’s goals and serve as influential advocates within the community. Their passion, dedication, and selfless service inspire others and help create a sustainable future for all. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Eve Niedergang [email protected].


** Thanks to Volunteer Joan Mysiak for the above photos of Jim Waltman and Eve Niedergang.



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