The Forest Preserve District of Will County announced Emily Kenny as Volunteer of the Year. Read the full release below.
Emily Kenny of Steger was named the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year on April 4 during the annual volunteer awards banquet.
Kenny, who won her first Volunteer of the Year award in 2002, has been a volunteer with the District since 1999 when she started as a trail sentinel. Sentinels monitor the District’s trails to ensure safe conditions for the public. Kenny also has helped coordinate volunteer participation in District special events and premier programs. She was chosen from among seven nominees for the award.
Last year, Kenny led the District’s volunteer recruitment specialist team that assisted in staffing 31 special events, premier programs, grand openings and outreach booths, according to Renee Gauchat, the District’s Volunteer Services Supervisor.
Kenny is a member of the District’s Prairie People Volunteers organization. The group was created more than 30 years ago to help the Forest Preserve provide additional services and programs that would not be possible otherwise. In addition to staffing events, volunteers also work to restore natural areas, teach children and adults about nature and the environment, monitor trails and preserves, and answer visitors’ questions.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call Gauchat at 815-722-7364 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Prairie People Volunteers or upcoming volunteer workdays, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
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