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Volunteers get down and dirty at the Arboretum


The volunteers at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens may just be pulling weeds, but that's what helps make this place really shine.

"We try to not do too much weeding, but that's a big part of any garden, but when we can get out and be creative about our garden and new planting that's our favorite projects out here," said Mollie Aronowitz, director.

The arboretum was started in the mid 1990's by volunteers in the Cedar Valley.

"Just a group in the community wanted to have a beautiful green space for the community to enjoy so none of this would be here without the hard work and dedication of volunteers," said Aronowitz.

With just two full-time employees volunteers are always needed.

"It not only makes you feel good, but you are doing good. You are making someone else's day a lot easier and helping out," said Mark Lukasiewicz.

Lukasiewicz has volunteered for about five years. He says his family was on a picnic at the arboretum and by his next visit, he was a volunteer.

"God gave me a body so why not do as much as I can with it," said Lukasiewicz.

Making Lukasiewicz and the rest of these volunteers first in line when it comes to sprucing up this arboretum and garden.

The Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens isn't the only place that needs volunteers.

Here are just a few opportunities from the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley:

-The Waterloo Convention and Visitor's Bureau needs volunteers for two hour shifts starting at 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. July 15-20, 2011 at Veterans Memorial Hall. Bellevue University is sponsoring this touring photo display honoring our military that have died from wounds suffered in a war zone, since September 11, 2001. Volunteers age 18 and over are welcome.

-ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program is looking for volunteers at the UAW Hall in Waterloo to set up, clean up, and serve their Cowboy Breakfast on July 17 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

-Volunteers are needed for the 5th Annual Iowa Irish Fest from Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7 at Lincoln Park in downtown Waterloo. Volunteer shifts include gate admission, family area, beer coupons, beer ID and beer stand. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our first 5K Saturday morning. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome.

-The Cedar Valley Derby Divas need volunteers for the ticket sales window, will call window, ticket takers and merchandise table for roller derby bouts on August 13 from 5:15 - 9 p.m. Volunteers age 16 and over are welcome

For more information visit www.vccv.org


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