We are kicking off a new series called “5 Questions With LHF Volunteer…” If you have been thinking about volunteering (especially if you have been thinking of volunteering with us), we wanted to give you an insider’s look at what it means to volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to improving Lake Hopatcong.
To get the party the started, we talked to one of our long-time volunteers, Judy Caruso. Judy helps the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in a plethora of ways. She is our Volunteer Coordinator for our upcoming Lake Loop (next Sunday, October 9, 2016).
- You are the volunteer coordinator for Lake Loop. Why types of things are you doing in this position?
Recruiting volunteers via social media, word of mouth, etc. and attempting to organize them in a manner which allows us to see the big picture, so to speak. This also allows me to get to know people in my community. I will also be attending the event at our “volunteer check-in” to ensure they understand their assigned or requested task. I plan to run around, when time allows to help anyone with whatever they need.
- When you aren’t volunteering for Lake Loop, you help the Lake Hopatcong Foundation with administrative stuff, Block Party, Gala and a plethora of projects that come up from time to time. Why do you feel it is important to volunteer for this non-profit?
The LHF, being a non-profit organization, and the few who are employed do not have the time for the less important tasks which I gladly do for them. I believe in the 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. This allows the employees more time to accomplish their duties to achieve the mission/goal of the LHF.
- What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Lake Loop?
Talking to everyone. Having fun. People are fun! I get personal satisfaction when I can “help” anyone with anything I’m able to. Big or small. Selfish? Perhaps. It gives me pleasure.
- You work directly with other LHF volunteers. Is there a comment that someone made to you that has really stuck with you and made you think “Yup, that’s why it’s a good thing to volunteer with LHF?”
Not so much what other volunteers have commented but more my own observation. While helping with the 4th grade field trips I learned so much about our lake environment which I NEVER knew. I’ve lived in this area for 55 years and never knew what a “watershed” was. I took the lake for granted. It was always “just there.” Merely by volunteering, it has opened my eyes to the beauty of our community. Hence; the LHF is opening the eyes of our community, helping bring business to our area, improving the aesthetics, cleanliness, etc. Volunteering for the LHF to assist in this large, beneficial undertaking and creating a better place for us and future generations is “where it’s at.” LOL.
- If you were going on an adventure, who would choose as your travel partner: pirate, engineer or chef and why?
Chef- hate to cook and love to eat. A pirate named Jennifer because she is always fun. A captain of a boat so I can be chauffeured on the water. My husband to pay the bills.