Meet Kara Brown, one of our amazing community volunteers who has generously donated her time at our restoration events (and converted it into dollars through T. Rowe Price’s “dollars for doers” employee program)!
How long have you been volunteering with the National Aquarium?
Although I had wanted to volunteer for the Aquarium for several years, nothing worked out with my schedule until June 2012, so just since this past year.
What motivated you to volunteer and why do you continue?
I was motivated to volunteer to help rectify some of the damage done by centuries of misuse of the Chesapeake Bay. The Indian Head shoreline restoration project was perfect- it has great importance, fit my schedule, and would allow me to utilize my employer’s “dollars for doers” program, which made a donation to the Aquarium based on the number of hours that I volunteered. I hope to be able to continue volunteering with the Aquarium, as the work they do is so important to restoring health to the Bay and the world’s oceans.
What is your most memorable experience from an event?
I would have to say my most memorable experience was the 110 degree heat index during the Indian Head shoreline restoration! But seriously, it has been seeing the hard work and selfless dedication of a core of repeat volunteers, and the Aquarium employees. It is amazing to witness how much can be accomplished in a short amount of time by a small group of caring people.
Does your work with the National Aquarium tie into your job or other volunteer work you are engaged in?
The work that I did with the National Aquarium definitely goes hand in hand with my personal life and other volunteer work. As an avid outdoors person and paddler, I am a long time member of the Baltimore Canoe and Kayak Club. I have participated in river cleanups organized by the club for several years. These cleanups have removed many tons of trash – appliances, over 1,000 tires, and even several complete cars – from two area rivers and their shores.
Thanks for all the hard work and support, Kara! Want to become a volunteer? Click here to find out how!