I often talk about how the best and most efficiently run nonprofits take their lead from the for-profit business world model. For example, as Executive Director of Reeves-Reed Arboretum (think: CEO), I work together with our team to create a product (think: widgets), keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line (think: profit or primary resource). However, in the case of RRA, our 'product' is service - service to the land as stewards of this fine property, as well as service to our constituency. And our 'bottom line' most assuredly is people.
On Sunday, April 12, the Staff and Trustees of RRA, under the guidance of our Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Martin, will salute a group of people who make up one of the most important segments of our primary resource - our volunteers. In 2014, we had the honor and privilege to host and work with approximately 1000 volunteers! Together, with our horticulture, education, and events staff, these dedicated souls, ranging in age from teens to seniors, helped us plant, polish, and promote the Arboretum to their families, their schools, their corporations, and their communities.
So each year, we set aside one day (which in truth hardly seems enough) to publicly thank our 'green team' of volunteers for their time, passion, and commitment. On behalf of us all here at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, I thank you!
See you in the garden,