New Year’s Greetings from BBG VA
A great year behind us, and a new one ahead!
Dear BBG Volunteers,
It’s been a big year for the Berkshire Botanical Garden Volunteer Association. 2014 was our first full year of service to the Garden. It was a year of learning and accomplishment as we took on the task of organizing our members into a more cohesive group so that we can more easily connect you with Volunteer opportunities, and fulfill the Garden’s needs. By self-organizing, we help free the Garden staff to focus on their core responsibilities.
As part of our self-organizing mission, a dedicated crew of Outreach Volunteers recruited fellow Volunteers for essential help at key BBG fund-raising events including:
•320 Volunteers for the Harvest Fest
•125 Volunteers for the Plant Sale
•33 Volunteers for the Holiday Marketplace
In addition, your skills and enthusiasm enabled us to create a team of Volunteer Bakers, a new Urgent Response Squad for immediate needs, an expanded team of Tour Guides enabling BBG to offer tours six days a week, and assistance with many other special projects throughout the year, from administrative support to crafts.
Volunteers are such an essential factor in the ongoing success of Berkshire Botanical Garden. We know the Garden staff feels blessed to have such a dedicated group of helpers with so many diverse talents. At the same time, our Volunteers often say they get back more than they give. We enjoy a strong sense of involvement, the pleasure of each other’s company, new friendships and new learning opportunities. It’s a wonderful give-and-take!
We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead as we work with you in support of Berkshire Botanical Garden.
With sincere thanks for all you do,
Ellen Darst – BBG VA President
Lauretta Harris – VP Communications
Beverly Igleburger – VP Volunteer Relations
For more information contact the BBG Volunteer Manager at 413.354.8408 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The BBG Volunteer Association
Our Volunteers Help the Garden Grow!
If you are already a BBG Volunteer, you know the joys of participating in the success of this wonderful Garden. If you’re not yet a Volunteer, but are ‘thinking about it’, let us tell you a bit about what we do.
Volunteers are an integral part of Berkshire Botanical Garden, and help in just about every aspect. There are many opportunities to volunteer on a regular basis, for example as a weeder, a tour guide, or a greeter at the Welcome Center. There are also many opportunities to participate on an occasional or even once-a-year basis, at special events like the annual Plant Sale or Harvest Festival. However you choose to participate, your contribution as a Volunteer will be deeply appreciated.
Find Your Passion!
Do you like to garden? Teach? Lead tours? Help with office work? Interact with the public, or lend your skills behind the scenes? You can find what you love to do, and make a difference at Berkshire Botanical Garden. And, as a Volunteer, you’ll reap many benefits:
•Meet new people and make new friends.
•Connect with other garden enthusiasts and grow your own gardening expertise.
•Enjoy the excitement of helping to stage special events and exhibitions.
•Gain work references.
•Receive vouchers for classes and workshops for every 50 or more hours of service within a calendar year.
•Recognition awards for 100 plus hours of service completed within one calendar year.
In addition, every year the Garden honors all Volunteers with a celebratory dinner. It’s a delightful occasion to mingle with all the people who help the Garden grow: other Volunteers, BBG Staff and Board Members.
Your Volunteer Association
BBG relies on the generous and gracious help of more than 600 active Volunteers. In order to help the Garden make the most of all our skills, we organized a Volunteer Association. The BBG VA is led by a Steering Committee comprised of:
Ellen Darst, President
Lauretta Harris, Communications Director
Joy and Bill Howe, Special Projects Directors
Beverly Igleburger, Volunteer Relations Director
Together, we help direct the power of our amazing Volunteers into the growth of the Garden. YOU can help our beautiful Garden flourish!
You can also contact us by email at volunteer@BerkshireBotanical.org or call BBG’s Volunteer Coordinator at 413-298-3926.