Volunteer appreciation beach party March 30, 2015

 Volunteer appreciation beach party March 30, 2015


VCHT is fortunate to have a terrific group of dedicated volunteers who provide a wide variety of services to the Trust. The Trust simply could not run without their commitment to the vision of the Trust. From beach cleanups, to fund-raising to developing our strategic plans, we depend on our volunteers to help the Trust play a central role in the community and beyond.

The VCHT Gift Shop and Information Center is one of our main sources of revenue for the Trust’s environmental and education programs. Run entirely by volunteers, the Gift Shop is also a great place to meet visitors and residents and provide them with all kinds of information about the Trust and Vieques. There are opportunities for creativity at the shop in areas like buying, display and developing new products that fit our mandate.

Other volunteers take care of the grounds and gardens at the Trust, or help with maintenance activities, like painting or minor repairs.

Anthony Civitello has turned his passion for Vieques history into a much in demand historical tour of the old Playa Grande sugar central. Rich and Peggy Puffer, who are experienced birders, lead excellent bird watching tours that have participants saying they have never had better tours —anywhere.

Those who are interested in marine ecology and bioluminescence can work with Mark Martin to become field assistants to help in monitoring the Bay or docents for the Marine Life Exhibit and the Barbara Bernache Baker Bioluminescent Bay Room. Or assist in developing educational materials for these exhibits.

The Trust has been fortunate to find volunteer computer experts, like Marc Margate, who have donated their time to assist in keeping our computer network and internet service humming along.  It may seem mundane, but assistance with office duties and keeping the membership up to date is another vital but necessary task. We have benefited greatly from the expertise of volunteers willing to research grant opportunities and write grants. We are very fortunate in counting on our member-volunteers for expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, finance, fund-raising and legal issues.

Our annual programs and fund-raising events depend on a host of volunteers to provide transportation, organize in-kind donations and housing.

We welcome all volunteers and will try to match our needs to your talents.  It’s a great way to become part of the community and know you are making a difference in Vieques.

The Trust would like to thank all the volunteers who in 2014 provided more than 5500 hours of service to the community. If you are interested in volunteering, no matter what your skills, please send us an email and we’ll get right back to you.

Or download our Volunteer Form and send it to us.