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National Volunteer Week - April 10-16, 2011 - Apr 15, 2011

 by Maribeth FrinziMembership & Volunteer Manager

“That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs nothing.” (Simone de Beauvoir).

This week is National Volunteer Week, and Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG) is blessed to have a large and dedicated group of amazing people we call volunteers. In our last fiscal year, 424 people contributed 7,017 hours of service, helping the Garden grow, thrive and serve as a welcoming recreational, horticultural and educational resource for the northeast Wisconsin community. We truly could not do what we do without the helping hands of our volunteers! Imagine if our small staff of just 20 people had to single handedly plant, weed and water the Garden, greet guests and answer phones, offer tours to visitors, stuff envelopes for mailings, and set up, run and clean up from each of our events – we would all be working around the clock, and still there would be work to be done!

Our volunteers are truly the heart and soul of GBBG. They are a part of our family, and we appreciate everything they do for us. From serving popcorn to guests during Garden of Lights to serving on a planning committee, no act of service is ever forgotten, and no gift of your time is too small. Thank you, thank you, thank you volunteers!

As spring approaches and the tulip and daffodil bulbs start to awaken from their winter slumber, the Garden is abuzz with activity preparing for our spring and summer event season. We need your help! The following volunteer opportunities are available in 2011:

April 29th – 30th: Annual Mulch & Potting Soil Sale – Assist in filling orders and loading bags of mulch and soil into customer vehicles. Volunteers Needed: Order takers, loaders

May 19th: TasteBud – Assist with plant auction and plant purchases and greet visitors. Volunteers Needed: Greeters, auction item solicitors, loaders, cashiers, set up

June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd and September 7th (Wednesday evenings): Weed n’ Feed – You weed (or do other garden chores) from 5-7pm and we feed from 7-8pm. Volunteers Needed: Garden helpers

June 3rd – 5th: 27th Annual Garden Fair – A traditional favorite, the Garden Fair features over 100 vendors of garden plants, landscaping ideas, accessories, gardening demonstrations and presentations, music and food. Volunteers Needed: Order fillers, concessions, admissions, traffic control, grounds keepers, set up, wrap up

July 9th – 10th: 22nd Annual Garden Walk – A rare opportunity to explore five private and one public garden in the Green Bay area. Volunteers Needed: Admissions, garden guides

July 14th – August 18th (Thursday evenings): Concerts in the Garden – Enjoy music in the lovely setting of the Agnes Schneider Terrace. Volunteers Needed: Admissions, concessions sales, wrap up

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Green Bay Botanical Garden or assisting us with our special events listed above, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Manager, Maribeth Frinzi at (920) 491-3691 ext. 105 or mfrinzi@gbbg.org

Thank you, volunteers!

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