Clean Water, Strong Communities!
It takes a community of people to grow a community of trees. As another wonderful tree planting season draws to a close, Blue Water Baltimore celebrates the strong communities that work hard to clean our waterways. Check out the following spotlights to learn about some of our most dedicated partners and volunteers.
Sebastian is one of our most dedicated volunteers and he’s spent 30 hours volunteering with us since the fall of 2019.
Sebastian is an organizer for the Green club (greeNG) at his job at Northrop Grumman. He discovered BWB when he was searching for different volunteer opportunities to put in their newsletter to encourage other staff to do service projects. But most of the time Sebastian just comes out on his own to lend a hand!
Learn more about what it’s like to volunteer with Blue Water Baltimore through our Q & A with Sebastian below.
1. What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Blue Water Baltimore?
I enjoy getting a chance to do something hands-on while I talk and get to know other volunteers. And also the satisfaction that each neighborhood we work in gets something that will improve it for years to come.
2. Do you have a favorite memory of a BWB event?
There was a planting in Cherry Hill after it had rained a lot the night before. Working with holes half-filled with water was tough, but it was a challenge we were all laughing about.
3. What is your favorite type of tree?
Probably a white oak. We have a couple at my parent’s house.
4. What do you do when you’re not planting trees with us?
I’m usually in between friend groups in the Baltimore and DC areas. I like to play Volo kickball and volleyball (not well), bike in cities or on trails, go to arcade or trivia bars, and play video games. Trying to grow houseplants, with moderate success.
5. What motivates you to keep coming back?
I like that each event has a tangible positive impact on local neighborhoods and residents. Everyone I’ve worked with at BWB has been really kind and passionate about their work too. I’m always looking for environmental volunteer causes to help out with and BWB has been consistently organized with tons of events.
“I enjoy getting a chance to do something hands-on while I get to know other volunteers. And also the satisfaction that each neighborhood we work in gets something that will improve it for years to come.”” – Sebastian Joseph
If you’re considering getting involved in volunteering, the TreeKeepers city stewardship program (via TreeBaltimore) is a great way to start learning more about trees and ways to stay engaged.
This blog will be updated weekly with additional volunteer spotlights!
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