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“Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.”

July 9, 2013

Mr. Roger’s famous words illuminate the impact – big or small – that the do-gooders, the Samaritans, the bleeding hearts, the volunteers have on our world. We all know this world is not always a bowl of ice-cream with a cherry on top. We all know of tight budgets, unforeseen disasters, and shifts in our way of life that present challenges to our communities regularly. We all know that we confront and eventually overcome these challenges… but how? Volunteers, that’s how! You will always find people helping, committing their time and energy – for free – to lending a hand for the sake of the well being of their community.

At Oregon State Parks our volunteers lend their time, their skills, and their hands every day. Volunteers are responsible for anything from greeting and providing a meaningful experience for our park visitors, to beautifying our parks, to keeping our staff organized. Imagine our parks system without them…visitors tromping aimlessly through wild jungle that used to be trails, incredible heritage decomposing with time, park rangers running in circles until they collapse in a dizzy haze. In fact, even our strategic direction would be muddled without the help of the Commission (all volunteers!). Our reputation for offering world-class state park experiences is due, in large part, to every Oregon State Parks volunteer and we are so grateful for your support!

The next time you visit one of our special places, I invite you to “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping…”

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