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Welcome Katie, our new Volunteer Program Coordinator!

December 13, 2017

Growing up on the Northside of Chicago, I wasn’t afforded many opportunities to explore nature as a kid. I remember reading stories by Leopold, Thoreau, Berry, and Carson and longing to experience nature the way they had. It wasn’t long before I was able to follow in their footsteps, though. I escaped the concrete jungle and moved to the rural oasis of Iowa for college in 2013. I studied English, Environmental Studies, and Art at Coe College and spent every break I had hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping in rural Iowa and northern Minnesota.

I was fortunate enough to experience the nonprofit workplace starting in the summer of my first year of college. I was drawn to the nonprofit’s casual yet passionate atmosphere and the opportunity to do something new and purposeful every day. After that initial experience, I worked for a new nonprofit every summer until I graduated. I also worked with two environmental nonprofits during my academic career through a program called Iowa College AmeriCorps (ICAP). ICAP is a program that places long-term volunteers committed to working 300+ hours per academic year with specific organizations to help build capacity. Working with several groups during my ICAP terms solidified my belief that a nonprofit career was right for me. Through ICAP I was able to work in the nonprofit environment that I so enjoyed while I genuinely made an impact on the community. It was a dream come true—until Sac Tree took the cake.

Just months after I graduated from college, I moved to California with a goal of working for one of the many prominent environmental nonprofits in the greenest state in the U.S. I threw my resume out to the wind and hoped someone would embrace it enthusiastically. Needless to say, when I got the call from the Sacramento Tree Foundation I was absolutely thrilled.

The Volunteer Program Coordinator position allows me to interact with the lifeblood of the organization—the public. I’m so grateful for the warm embrace that the Foundation and the Sacramento community have given me. I look forward to meeting with Sacramento Tree Foundation advocates and coordinating meaningful volunteer opportunities in the community. You can call me at 916-974-4310 or email me at katie@sactree.com for all things volunteerism!