Our Communications Intern for Spring 2018, Meghan Kelley, wrote about her experience at an MHLC volunteer work day.
Volunteering with an organization for the first time can sometimes feel daunting, but that’s not at all what it was like to volunteer with Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. It was a wonderful experience, and I would definitely volunteer again.
It was chilly for a Sunday morning in late April, but that chill in the air would become welcome once I started working. A small group of volunteers gathered around the entrance to the Normans Kill West Preserve and got to know one another a little before getting started.
This work day was focused on cleaning up the preserve before all the plants and trees begin to bloom. The surrounding area was quiet, which made the cleanup feel peaceful. A handful of trees and bushes were trimmed before they bloomed and overtook the trail.
A lot of the debris we cleaned up was from illegal dumping. There were numerous old tires and countless cinder blocks—some broken, some intact—that had to be carted away. The work was somewhat physically demanding, but in the end it was worth it. The satisfaction of seeing the truck filled up with debris cannot be put into words.
It was a great to be involved with cleaning up a preserve. To anyone with an interest in helping MHLC conserve the environment, I would highly recommend volunteering. It was worth the effort.