We have hundreds of volunteers that have shared their time, heart and expertise to our organization through many many hours, sometimes through blood, sweat, and tears too. Without our volunteers, our park and our programming would not be what it is today. We wish we could give back to them as much as they give to us.
One way we would like to show our gratitude is by putting the spotlight on a volunteer each month. This person just stood out to us and we would like to recognize him or her.
This month we want to recognize:
Robert W Neugebauer
Volunteer of the Month
My wife and I arrived in Augusta in the beginning of 1996. This was my second time in the area; my dad was stationed here when Fort Gordon was Camp Gordon. I was employed at the Fort and worked there until my retirement. Dot and I have two children and three grandchildren. We have always been interested in the outdoors, either camping with our children or being active in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.
I believe I first heard about Phinizy from something in the Augusta Chronicle, which probably had something to do with volunteering and/or helping at the main office. I called and started at the office, which at that time was on Telfair Street in Augusta. At the time it was something to get me out of the house and doing something other than guarding my couch. That happened about 15 years ago and I’m still here.
As far as favorite programs, I like helping Education with school field trips. I especially like helping with the younger students and listening to their comments and answering their questions about the park. Especially if the ones who have apparently never been to an area like Phinizy.
Personally, I would encourage any area resident to come to the Park and just wander around. We can’t promise wildlife sightings, but we can offer an open space with lots of area for walking and even some quiet time, especially in the back of the park. The family programs and activities are a wonderful way to introduce the out-of-doors to city folk.
Why do I volunteer? Because it’s fun and it’s a wonderful way to introduce children to the world of nature.