Landis Celebrates Volunteers September 29

Twice a year, in the spring and fall, the Arbore­tum wel­comes vis­i­tors to its sto­ried plant sales, and many may not know that these events would not be pos­si­ble with­out a small army of volunteers.

We’ve been host­ing these plant sales for so long that Vol­un­teer Coor­di­na­tor Anne Don­nel­ly refers to them as a well-oiled machine.” But any machine is the sum of many parts work­ing togeth­er, and Lan­dis is no excep­tion. It takes a team of ded­i­cat­ed work­ers to staff the sales, as well as car­ry out the plan­ning, prepa­ra­tion, and take­down. Prop­a­gat­ing seeds and cut­tings, set­ting up the tables and the tents, unload­ing the con­signed plants, tak­ing inven­to­ry, sort­ing the books, bak­ing the treats – all that goes into the sales hap­pens only with the help of the volunteers.

And there are many oth­er places to see the Lan­dis vol­un­teers in action. As a not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, the Arbore­tum depends on its vol­un­teers to sup­ple­ment our lim­it­ed staff resources for main­te­nance and improve­ment of our build­ings and grounds.

And vol­un­teers are on the road. Arbore­tum vol­un­teers are out in the com­mu­ni­ty year-round, shar­ing infor­ma­tion about all things Lan­dis, from our pro­grams and events to our nat­ur­al beau­ty and collections. 

And vol­un­teers work behind the scenes. We build and main­tain our web­site and our social media, design and devel­op our pub­li­ca­tions, offer the use of our rus­tic facil­i­ties and green spaces to brides and grooms, and pro­mote Lan­dis as a com­mu­ni­ty resource.

Every year Lan­dis cel­e­brates our extra­or­di­nary vol­un­teers on a Sun­day after­noon in Sep­tem­ber. Rain or shine, we toast these spe­cial peo­ple with every­thing good — food, drink, music, and lots of smiles and con­ver­sa­tions. Our annu­al Vol­un­teer Appre­ci­a­tion Par­ty will be held this year on Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Meet­ing House. No charge: just let us know you are com­ing at (518) 8756935 or info@landisarboretum.

See you in Sep­tem­ber – if not before. Con­tact Anne Don­nel­ly at volunteering@​landisarboretum.​org or (518) 8756935 to find out more about how you can get involved as a vol­un­teer. There’s a place for every­one, what­ev­er your tal­ents and inter­ests. And join us for the party!

Summer 2019

Volume 37 , Number 2

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