I've always enjoyed volunteering. It's a pleasure to give back to the community, and there are so many opportunities and different ways to volunteer. I've been fortunate to work with lots of great people on a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Here are a few I especially enjoyed:
- Beaufort Conservation District ▪ 2015
Provided minor assistance and training in updating the Conservation District website.
- Parris Island Rod and Gun Club ▪ 2012-2015
I have maintained, updated, and hosted the Parris Island Rod and Gun Club for several years.
- Beaufort Festival Series ▪ 2012
During the Beaufort Festival season, I helped the Beaufort County Public Works Department set up and take down educational displays on sanitation, recycling, and a number of other informative topics.
- International New Plays Festival of Beaufort ▪ 2011
I was a volunteer actor in the first annual (and only) International New Plays Festival of the Lowcountry (INPFL) in Beaufort SC. The festival took place on the stage of the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). It was my first time acting, and it was thrilling and rewarding to be asked to participate in 4 different short plays. Each was unique in style and subject, so it really stretched me to try so many roles as a new actor. This community event was a blast, and I really enjoyed working with the wonderful people involved in making it happen. Sadly, it didn't make it past its first year.
Joshua Tree National Park Association hosts numerous informative, exciting classes throughout the year, taught by experts in their fields. These classes have included topics like Snakes of the desert, geology of Southern California, and Night Sky Photography. As a volunteer, I helped facilitate these classes by setting up the classroom, taking attendance, and keeping track of class members when the classes took place outside in the National Park. Because I also got to sit in on the classes as I helped the instructor, I learned an incredible amount about Southern California and Joshua Tree National Park, and I have many great memories of my time there.
- 29 Palms Art Gallery ▪ 2007-2009
I was a volunteer gallery docent and visitor guide. I got to spend a few hours each month enjoying the beautiful artwork displayed at the 29 Palms Art Gallery in exchange for guiding guests and visitors and explaining the details of that month's show, setting up for events, and cleaning up a bit. What a fun and fulfilling opportunity!
- Okinawa-American Animal Rescue Society (OAARS) ▪ 2005
I helped take care of and wash the rescued animals. I also helped with the construction of new cement pads and shelter buildings, and created their initial website (not the current site).