During the annual Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs, volunteers work to reduce the environmental impact such a popular event brings to a community. Garfield County PREP teen interns returned for a second year to engage with their community while making an environmental difference serving as Green Strawberries. Here are some highlights of their work:
“As far as the environmental benefits are concerned….We did phenomenal this year, thanks in part to your interns. I tell them, that even though it doesn’t seem like they’re doing a whole lot, by standing at a zero waste station they are changing people’s waste disposal behaviors. They are actually the ones that get to talk with attendees, answer their questions and tell them how to sort. It’s such a relief because it allows my staff to leave the public areas and focus on vendor or check on the stations on the fringe. Over the years, we have seen the public do better and better sorting, it’s all because at some point they were educated by a volunteer.
Thanks so much. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. It’s such a blessing to have your interns join our efforts.” Alyssa
PREP says, thank YOU so much for allowing a platform for teens to learn skills that they can use throughout their lives and show the community that they are a valuable resource that needs tapped into. Building healthy relationships through community engagement benefits many in many ways. We hope to do it again next year!