A Laker’s Dozen: Growing Our Volunteer Base

This is the eighth of 12 posts in our A Laker’s Dozen: 12 “Sweet” LHF Achievements from 2016 series – reflecting on and celebrating 2016 and the Lake Hopatcong Community.

Volunteers are a tremendous resource for the Lake Hopatcong Foundation. In 2016, we inspired hundreds of volunteers to serve the lake in countless ways. Our volunteers help protect our lake from invasive aquatic species, mentor students in lake education (environment, history, and safety), keep Lake Loop running, make it possible to bring the community together to celebrate at our block party, complete road-side clean-ups, and so much more.

Judy Caruso and Leon Moreau at 2016 Lake Loop

Judy Caruso, who helps with office projects as well as serving as Volunteer Coordinator at this year’s Block Party AND Lake Loop says the following about volunteering for LHF:

“I believe in LHF’s mission, philosophy and goals. If I can help them to accomplish their goals, I’m happy to do it, even if that means stuffing envelopes, putting data in excel spreadsheets, running errands, etc. Volunteering for LHF has opened my eyes to the beauty of our community. They work to bring our community together, bring business to our area, improve the aesthetics and cleanliness of the lake, etc. Helping in this large, beneficial undertaking and creating a better place for us and future generations is ‘where it’s at.’”

Becky Rubenstein, LHF Board Member and Lake Loop Chairwoman, can’t say enough about the value of our amazing volunteers who mark the courses, work the day and help spread the word about the Lake Loop:

“The Lake Loop volunteers are truly what make the event great. Our volunteers encourage participants, always have a smile on their faces and show such willingness to help. Our volunteer shirt slogan is completely accurate ‘Making a difference is what I do!’ These volunteers love the lake and it shows in how the serve the community as key members of LHF.”

Helping out at Lake Loop 2016
Helping out at Lake Loop 2016
Georgia Schilling leading 4th grade tree walk

Georgia Schilling, a former teacher, enjoys serving on our Education Committee and mentoring 4th grade students during our educational field trips at the State Park because:

“It is enjoyable to watch students learn about how their actions affect Lake Hopatcong. The students of today are the adults of tomorrow who will be Lake Hopatcong’s caretakers. I may be able to influence them to be advocates for the Lake. I enjoy having contact with young people, and helping them to learn. This is why I became a teacher in the first place!

We can’t thank our volunteers enough! They are truly the lifeblood of our organization. If you’re interested in volunteering please fill out a volunteer registration form today. Then check out our current volunteer opportunities including trail building and blazing, paddling in search of invasive aquatic plants and helping those in need of assistance to install dock numbers. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list to receive emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities too!

2016 Block Party volunteers
2016 Block Party volunteers

Look for the ninth post in our A Laker’s Dozen: 12 “Sweet” LHF Achievements from 2016 series on the importance of membership next week!


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