Zoo Volunteers make the most of National Volunteer Month

Rochester is a city with a big heart. Volunteerism abounds in our area and that holds true at Seneca Park Zoo. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and as it draws to a close, we’d like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all Zoo volunteers.

Docent Marianne Dambra at Bella the orangutan's birthday.

Docent Marianne Dambra at Bella the orangutan’s birthday.

It was a busy month at the Zoo, and whether you helped support conservation efforts at Party for the Planet, helped host the first-ever Teen Night, educated visitors at Bella the orangutan’s birthday party, assisted zoo keepers with husbandry duties or helped to keep our grounds beautiful, we thank you.

ZooTeen Leaders 2015

ZooTeen Leaders 2015

But it’s not just this month that volunteers have gone above and beyond at the Zoo. Last year, Zoo volunteers logged a total of 21,659 hours:

  • 281 general volunteers gave 7,658.45 hours.
  • 105 ZooTeens gave 6,793.5 hours of their time.
  • 92 docents spent 6,578.75 hours volunteering.
  • Board and committee members volunteered 589.75 hours.
  • Interns spent 241 hours at the Zoo.

The time these people graciously volunteered was equivalent to 10.5 full-time staff members. We salute our volunteers and their dedication to this great organization and hope that you each know we could not do what we do without your help.

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If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Seneca Park Zoo, please feel free to contact me. With the summer approaching, we are always looking to add new volunteers to our team, especially to assist with our great events. I can be reached at (585) 295-7354 or eroach@senecazoo.org

 

— Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator; Photos by Ceci Menchetti