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STATE GOVERNMENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

This page is devoted to the management of volunteer programs run by state agencies, including information for parks, natural resources and social and health programs.

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~ June 2004 ~ Topic

Reflections: Important Lessons I've Learned as a Volunteer Coordinator

Next week I am completing a 32-year career of working with volunteers. Soon, I will have mre time to play with my grandchildren, paint wondrous works of art, and volunteer in my favorite parts of the world.

What better career is ther than working with folks who want to make a difference or grow in skills and ability by volunteering? My experience as a volunteer coordinator has taught me some important lessons:

  • We are what we have to offer.
  • Listening is giving.
  • Love is everywhere.
  • Honesty is magic.
  • To teach is to learn.
  • Life is not a problem to be solved.
  • Humor moves mountains.
  • If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else.
  • Change is inevitable (unless it comes from a vending machine).
There's my list. Apply as needed.

Wishing you all the happiness you want and a touch of sorrow to show the difference.

Take care,

Susan Emley
Volunteer Coordinator, Retired


The Volunteer Program of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) includes 2000 volunteers who help the agency protect and enhance our state’s natural resources. Volunteers build and maintain trail and recreation sites, monitor and conduct research on natural area preserves, act as ambassadors in Forest Watch Patrols and a myriad of other tasks. Washington State law provides medical industrial insurance and tort claim liability coverage for volunteers in state agencies. For additional information about the Washington State Department of Natural Resources check the website http://www.dnr.wa.gov. If you have questions about DNR’s volunteer program contact Susan Emley at susan.emley@wadnr.gov (no longer valid email address due to retirement June 2004).

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