Green Chimneys Recognizes Volunteers Amid COVID-19 ClosuresMay 12, 2020
Volunteers enrich the Green Chimneys culture.
Each year, more than 1,000 people volunteer either as individuals or as part of group volunteer projects. Individuals volunteer in various parts of the organization, from helping to care for our animals on the farm and tending to our gardens to spending time with our students in the school and dorms as tutors or mentors. More than 40 volunteer groups are welcomed annually to assist with special projects and maintenance work. In addition, the Green Chimneys Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated professionals and community leaders who share their time, expertise, and support for the betterment of services for children with special needs and animals.
“As a nonprofit organization, Green Chimneys relies on the generosity of individuals to share time, talents, and interests,” explains Kristin Dionne, Green Chimneys Director of Fund Development. “Volunteers offer fresh perspectives and much needed helping hands from which our students, staff, and animals benefit. We are forever grateful to all of our volunteers.”
Unfortunately, our annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch, which had been scheduled for early May had to be postponed due to the current health crisis. Expressing our gratitude for these vital contributions, however, will not be delayed!
Thanking volunteers virtually
While not every volunteer is documented in the photo album above, our heartfelt appreciation extends to each and every person who generously shares their time and hearts with Green Chimneys as a volunteer. Their contributions are more than stalls mucked and school assignments assisted: volunteers are friends, role models, and colleagues. Volunteers are connected to our animals, students, and staff … and vice versa.
Though our Volunteer Program is currently paused because of COVID-19 precautions, the volunteers continue to contribute through staying connected, sharing messages of encouragement with staff, and supporting our community. We look forward to the day we resume our full volunteer activities, but until then, join us in celebrating these hardworking and kind people!