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March IDEA Cafe: Volunteers in the Age of IDEA

In this age of IDEA being at the forefront of many garden's priorities, IDEA principles are being introduced to various facets of public gardens, including volunteer programs. Join this session to hear from staff at gardens that are working to bring IDEA into their volunteer programs, and the processes, struggles, and questions that they are addressing as they are doing so. This Cafe will be formatted as a meeting to allow for collaboration and in person question asking as we address issues facing our volunteer corps. Many gardens are in the beginning stages of making these changes and we hope to leave you with ideas that you can bring back to your own volunteer program. 

 

Presenters: 

  • Alix Cotumaccio, Facilitator 
  • Tracy Vlnicka, Volunteer Services Manager, Denver Botanic Gardens 
  • Bricken Sparacino, Assistant Director of Live Interpretation, Wildlife Conservation Society 
  • Priscilla Hernandez, Manager of Volunteers and Visitor Engagement, The Bronx Zoo

 

Special appearance by: Mae Lin Plummer, Director, IDEA Center for Public Gardens  

Additional support provided by: Taylor Woodcock, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Reiman Gardens, Chair, Volunteer Community; and Eryn Hatzithomas, Community Engagement Manager, Queens Botanical Garden, Vice-Chair, Volunteer Community 

 

Introductions by: Briana Berkowitz, Professional Development Assistant, American Public Gardens  

Association Video edited by: Caitlin Simkovich, Creative Projects Coordinator, American Public Gardens Association 

Resources related to IDEA work and volunteer management:

Co-Creating Racial Equity in Volunteering: What Can You Do?

Executive Summary: Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities: 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program

Engaging Volunteers from Diverse and Immigrant Communities: 8 Strategies for Creating a More Inclusive Volunteer Program Report

Food for Thought: Ableism & Volunteering

Racial Equity and Inclusion Resources for Volunteer Engagement Leaders

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