Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Big Day of Giving - Three Generations of Volunteering

Every year, a cadre of volunteers donate their time and talent to help the Zoo in its mission to inspire appreciation, respect and a connection with wildlife and nature through education, conservation and recreation.

These dedicated and generous individuals do everything from cleaning exhibits and preparing animal diets to planting seedlings, corralling summer camp kids and educating visitors about the conservation of a particular species. Volunteers come to the zoo from many areas and walks of life, but it is a rare and special privilege for an organization to have three generations of the same family as volunteers.

One such family, the Reiners, have been donating their experience to the Zoo for over 40 years. June Reiner began volunteering as a docent educator in the 1970’s and has been an active and dedicated volunteer for 41 years! Her daughter, Cathy, is now an active docent as well, and her granddaughter, Kristin was a summer camp counselor for three years as a teenager. When asked about her favorite memory at the Zoo, June replied, “It’s been a real family affair from the beginning. I used to do Zoo tours with my grandson, Patrick, in a backpack when he was a baby…I just loved working with others with the same interest: animals. Helping children to learn all about animals is just wonderful!” In addition to the time the Reiners have donated over the years, they have also been long-time monetary donors, giving to large exhibit renovations as well as maintaining Zoo Parent sponsorships and a membership.

Volunteers and donors like this make it possible for the Sacramento Zoo to continue as a valuable community resource. By donating to the Sacramento Zoo on May 6th for the BIG Day of Giving, your gift will make an even bigger difference because every contribution will be matched on a prorated basis from a pool of matching funds; the more contributions to the Zoo, the higher the matching gift. This will be a great opportunity to make your donation dollars stretch and help make memories like the Reiner Family’s possible.

Three generations of the Reiner Family at the Zoo.