The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is shining the spotlight on its volunteers during the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. The Zoo is recognizing the vital contributions volunteers make to operations by highlighting them in photos throughout the week on social media. Members of the media are invited to visit the Zoo this week and shadow a volunteer to experience a “day in their life.”
The Zoo currently has a record-high number of active volunteers: 225 people have volunteered 17,076 hours so far through the current fiscal year. This has given the Zoo an estimated value of $378,000 of labor savings.
“National Volunteer Week is huge for us,” said Joe Landmichl, Volunteer Manager for the Zoo. “Not only does this week highlight volunteers across the country, but it allows us to show the community how grateful we are to our volunteers right here at home. Our slogan will always be ‘We love our volunteers!’”
Volunteers can be seen serving various roles around the Zoo every single day. They can be found interacting with guests and answering questions, wearing Zoo Crew costumes, helping zookeepers, cleaning Zoo grounds and even assisting in administrative office roles.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to encourage individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change, through discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.