The Volunteer Spotlight page features an Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks volunteer for their dedication of time and talent.
Joe loves being outside and that is one of the reasons he likes to volunteer with Anne Arundel County Parks. He feels satisfaction when he is able to do a task that needs to be done. Hands on volunteerism is how Joe shows support to the parks’ rangers and staff. Joe feels the parks work extra hard to put on special events for the communities and he is eager to help! He also delivers meals for Meals on Wheels and is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, where he is studying to be an instructor.
When asked where in the world he would live if he could live any where, Joe said that he is a professional tourist in the “great Federal, State, Country, city” that he lives in now. He has chosen to lower his impact on the environment, therefore, he enjoys the natural reserves, picnicking, hiking and biking right here!
Thank you for your tremendous support and commitment you show through volunteering!
Volunteer Joe Piette at Quiet Waters Park
Tiara Rogers first volunteered at Quiet Waters Park during the Summer Concert Series in 2011. She loves the park and visits often. She regularly volunteers with the park’s Horticulturist Joyce Riley-Greene on projects such as planting memorial trees and clearing invasive and aggressive species. Tiara is leading the efforts in the park with local school groups who are fulfilling their community service requirements. Her service to communities doesn’t stop in the park. Tiara is involved with the Deaf-Blind Camp of Maryland where she is a Support Service Provider, she sings at nursing homes with the Crofton Community Singers, she helped a Relay for Life team in April, has provided tutoring with Centro de Ayuda, and is involved in many activities at her church, including spearheading a gift collection project for Operation Christmas Child. Tiara says she likes volunteering because the work comes from her, she gets to choose what she does, for whom she serves, and what skills she will learn or practice on the way. Working for even an hour in the park uprooting weeds, or removing invasive species gives her much satisfaction. Her big dream is to explore the Southern Hemisphere.
Thank you Tiara for all the hard work you have done and continue to do in the park. Quiet Waters Park appreciates your efforts more than you know!
Volunteer Tiara Rogers at Quiet Waters Park
Alexis “Alex” Lloyd
Talk about AMAZING, Alexis “Alex” Lloyd has been working with the Youth Conservation Corps at Lake Waterford Park since July 9th. She is leading the middle and high schoolers while they create an All Sensory Trail in the Park, work on conservation around the park, and clean up where needed. As the Corps dig holes and install the posts for the guide rope, Alex is alongside them, lending a hand and offering support. Prior to leading the Youth Conservation Corps, Alex completed her Service Learning hours for Anne Arundel Community College at Kinder Farm Park. With the guidance of Ranger Nolley Fisher, Alex installed the 5th Wood Duck box for the ongoing Maryland Wood Duck Initiative. She spent the next 6 weeks visiting the box once a week to make sure only Wood Ducks were inhabiting the box. She said she loved the whole project! She had no idea what a Wood Duck was, but by the end of the project she was familiar with the mother who lived in the box protecting her eggs. At one point Alex walked up to the box which had been empty for a long time and when she opened the box the female Wood Duck burst out in surprise! From this point forward Alex watched the ducks from a distance and snapped some pictures for the park. Alex also works at Hague Quality Water doing marketing support. She has been there for a year and a half and loves that the small company offers their customers great customer service. She says they work with her schedule and the Department of Recreation and Parks is happy about that, because she has been spending her days leading the YCC!
Throughout the Department volunteers support recreation and park programs, special projects and events, they help fundraise and spend many hours helping us bring our excellent programs and facilities to the residents in and around Anne Arundel County. Alex is an example of a team player who puts the mission of the Department first! At the end of the day she spends her time with her six year old son and
contemplates her dream trip to the British Isles or Mongolia! Alex is a student at Anne Arundel Community College and she is hoping to become a Park Ranger. She has a keen sense of plant identification and a tremendous amount of patience. THANK YOU ALEX LLOYD for donating your time to the Department of Recreation and Parks!
Volunteer Alexis “Alex” Lloyd at Fort Smallwood Park