Over 125 volunteers attended the picnic on July 29.
It has been an ongoing tradition for many years for Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge to host a summer time “Volunteer Thank You Picnic.” This year was the largest picnic to date, as the volunteer workforce has grown with the organization. This year, we hosted over 125 volunteers for a day of barbecue, canoe races and lots of stories and laughs. Cedar Run closed the Nature Center on Sunday July 29 in honor of this annual tradition, including the “duck” races on the lake.
On an annual basis, volunteers donate thousands of hours of time to the shared mission to preserve our state wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation. The annual picnic is our way of celebrating and thanking these hard-working individuals for their commitment throughout the year.
“Our volunteers are amazing! We say if often, but we can’t say it enough, volunteers are the life-blood of our organization. Thank you all!” said Mike O’Malley, Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator.
Cedar Run’s wildlife rehabilitation hospital is the busiest in the state, and operates entirely from private funding and donations. The hospital, which treats more than 4,700 wild animals each year, is in need of additional funding to support its work in 2018. For more information on events, donations or volunteer opportunities, contact Shannon Kilpatrick, Cedar Run Donor Relations Manager, 856–983–3329 x 102 or Shannon.Kilpatrick@CedarRun.org.