JANESVILLE (WIFR) -- Rotary Botanical Gardens (RBG) has announced that its volunteers donated a record amount of time during 2012. The 461 devoted Gardens volunteers contributed well over 16,500 hours, which is two thousand hours over and above what we recorded in 2011. According to independentsector.org the dollar value associated with volunteers in the state of Wisconsin is $18.20 per hour, which would equate to more than $300,000 worth of labor.
Even more amazing is that six of the RBG volunteers donated 500 hours of service each and 116 volunteers contributed a minimum of 36 hours each, which earned them free RBG Friends memberships.
Volunteers at RBG are dynamic and diverse, ranging in age from seven to 86 years. RBG volunteers serve in a variety of capacities, including tour guides, garden and building maintenance, special event and educational programming support, clerical assistance and staffing of the Cottage Garden Gallery gift shop.
“We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing network of volunteers who give so generously of their time and talents,” said Mary Fanning-Penny, RBG Executive Director. “It is with the support of our loyal volunteers that we are able to sustain and grow the Gardens, an indisputable local gem.”
RBG always welcomes the addition of new volunteers. To become a RBG volunteer, gardening experience is a bonus but not a requirement. Nearly all areas of the organization require the assistance and expertise of volunteers in order to be successful and there here is a multitude of volunteer opportunities available to choose from. For more information visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org or contact Lori Ebneter, Volunteer Coordinator at 608-752-3885, ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org.