“It’s hard when the alarm goes off at 7:30am to get up and prepare to go outside, but I’ve become a volunteer addict. When you do something good, where the people are friendly, it just makes you feel so good to be a part of that story.”
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Confessions of a Volunteer Addict
I had the opportunity to chat with one of our fantastic volunteers a few weeks ago while winding our way up to a reforestation site on Taylor Mountain. Pedro Checkos explained how he feels he is making a difference by planting trees. How do you plan to make a difference this year? Can we count on you to make a difference by volunteering or donating to support FCRW today?
Thanks to 1,580 volunteers and supporters like Pedro, we planted 10,340 native plants in the ground and nearly 30 acres were restored in 2012. Pedro explains what brings him back to this restoration work time and again. “I volunteer with FCRW to connect to nature, to feel useful. I find that planting trees is peaceful”. Upon further reflection, he added, “It’s hard when the alarm goes off at 7:30am to get up and prepare to go outside, but I’ve become a volunteer addict. When you do something good, where the people are friendly, it just makes you feel so good to be a part of that story”.
Pedro believes that a good volunteer experience can spur societal change one person at a time. Volunteering at FCRW Habitat Restoration events every Saturday for the last few months has provided him the opportunity to put his values into action. Working 60+ hours per week at a local start-up, he struggled with perpetual cabin fever and was looking for an opportunity to both get outside and care for the environment. The right opportunity arose when he met our own, Amy Kaeser, who suggested he join us to plant trees one Saturday in mid-October.
Pedro will soon be leaving us, heading back to his native France. We will miss his energy, kindness, and enthusiasm for our work and the community that it builds. He hopes to continue working on environmental issues when settled back in Europe and is certain that no matter where he ends up, he wants to find that balance of real fun and good deed that he has experienced working with FCRW throughout the Cedar River / Lake Washington watershed.
Thanks for all you have done for the watershed, Pedro!
Rebecca, Amy, Keri and the rest of the FCRW team