By ANDREW BROOKS
It was late December 2009, and the days were counting down at Metro Parks as my tenure as an AmeriCorps volunteer and Community Relations assistant were coming to an end. Fast-forward the clock about a year later, and I got the call I was waiting for. I was back on the team! This time however, I would be taking the reigns as a full-time employee as the new volunteer coordinator.
I have a lot of to be thankful for in being back at Metro Parks, and there is no other place on the planet I would rather be than here! I credit the staff in the community relations department and guidance from Mike Slaton, our former Volunteer Coordinator, on giving me the responsibilities and vision when I was an AmeriCorps member to do task that help me with my job today.
Through my work as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Metro Parks, I was able to see how much of an impact our volunteers have on our wonderful park system. I was really moved by the generosity of others and gained a sense of pride for my community that I had never felt before.
In conclusion, I am very excited about the Metro Parks volunteer program and the direction we are taking it. This team has given me the vision to make our volunteer program a role model for other programs throughout the nation. I am excited to be back helping our volunteer programs and making a lasting and meaningful impact on Metro Louisville. I look forward to working with diverse groups of volunteers and community leaders on keeping our parks and community centers looking spectacular. Thanks for all your support Louisville, and please feel free to contact me anytime if you would like to volunteer with Metro Parks.
* Have an idea for a group project for your organization, business or church? Contact Andrew at 502/456-3256.