The Licking Park District Volunteer Spotlight shines on Brenda Sams this month! Brenda brings dedication, drive, warmth, and her amazing skill set to every volunteer assignment. Brenda has supported the Licking Park District in invaluable ways – from assisting with programs and special events to conservation stewardship work. No matter how rigorous the work (like shoveling and spreading yards and yards of playground mulch across multiple sites in one morning), Brenda gives 100% from start to finish. I’ve taken to calling Brenda “Nails”, because I’ve had the privilege of working alongside her during some challenging assignments, and she is tough as nails! Read more about my conversation with Brenda and what brought her to the Licking Park District and her experience as a volunteer.
What is your profession?
I am retired from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft.
How long have you lived in Licking County?
I’ve lived in Licking County for 16 years.
How long have you been volunteering for the Licking Park District?
I began volunteering August of 2017. Since my move to Licking County, my career took me all over Ohio. I never got to enjoy the vast opportunities the Park District has to offer in my own backyard until I retired.
What motivated you to become a Licking Park District Volunteer?
My background is in natural resources and public service. I have volunteered with many different organizations. I wanted to get back to my roots and what I enjoy, which is anything outdoors. Licking Park District was a perfect match and in my county of residence.
What was your most memorable volunteering experience at the Licking Park District?
I can’t pinpoint one particular moment or experience, I have enjoyed every opportunity I’ve had at the Licking Park District. I do have to say participating in the Women’s Outdoor Workshop was fun, especially the session on fly fishing which I have always wanted to learn more about. I have enjoyed working with the park staff and admire their dedication to the work they do for the park system.
Do you have a favorite park or trail?
I enjoy all the water trails and parks for their own unique opportunities.
What music is in your car right now?
Hootie and the Blowfish, Rascal Flats, Eagles, Santana, Rob Thomas, Faith Hill.
What advice would you give someone who is considering becoming a Licking Park District Volunteer?
Just do it and jump in with both feet! The Licking Park District offers such diverse volunteer opportunities no matter what your interests.
For more information on becoming a volunteer, please visit http://lickingparkdistrict.com/volunteering/ or call: Karen Jennings, Volunteer Coordinator, (740) 587-2535