I was able to sit down with Elizabeth and chat about her work and the Parks Foundation. Elizabeth is a volunteer with our Make A Splash In A Kid's Life program.
What drew you to start volunteering for the Foundation?
My employer, Numerica Credit Union. Numerica empowers their employees to give back and volunteer in our community. Last year, there was an open spot on the committee and I was asked if I was interested in joining. I had worked for nearly 10 years at youth development organization that owned several camps. Volunteering with the Parks Foundation let me combine my joy for giving back and experience in marketing and PR.
Last year you organized the Foundation’s pool pass handout at Witter – including treats for the kids. What was your favorite part of that experience?
The Parks Foundation seems to attract only the highest caliber of individuals who have a real passion for their job. It was wonderful to see that level of passion and commitment and was a joy to see. The highlight of pool pass distribution was definitely the kids who were there. Their faces light up when they talk about summer break and excitement for swimming. Of course, the Bomb Pops that Numerica passed out definitely accentuated their smiles! :D
What do you think is the most important outcome of the Foundation’s work?
I don’t think we can overestimate the work the Parks Foundation has on the lives of our community’s kids. Perhaps this is their first exposure to swimming or enjoying nature, but the Parks Foundation will have an impact on our kids that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Lastly, what is your favorite park memory?
I have the extreme joy and privilege to be a twin. Growing up this meant always having a perma-playmate at the park! My favorite park memories are simple- hanging out and playing with my sister. Now that we are grown and living on opposite sides of the state, these simple childhood memories are always close at hand. Plus, being the taller twin always meant I “won” getting down the slide first!