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Volunteer spotlight – Susan Spannaus

Post Date:July 01, 2019 9:00 a.m.

volunteer-spotlight-susan-spannausSusan has been working as a volunteer with the city since 2016, spending much of her time in Oak Hill Park and garden. Staff have recognized her willingness to go above and beyond and her attention to safety and appearance of the city’s parks. Learn more about Susan’s involvement volunteering with the city below!

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to volunteer for the city.

I live in a condo on Oak Hill Park and am retired now. I think it is important to give back to the community I live in, and I have been fortunate enough to find volunteer opportunities that I enjoy doing in our community.

What do you do for the Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Garden programs?

I began the programs with picking up trash and checking to make sure the playground equipment was safe at Knollwood Green Park. When I moved to condo's on Oak Hill Park, I volunteered to plant and take care of the flowers and pick up trash. Also, from time to time, I check the playground equipment to make sure it is safe for the children that use the equipment.

Why do you volunteer in our parks and gardens?

I really like to garden, and since I have limited opportunities living in a condo, I like being able to take care of the flowers at Oak Hill Park. There is no set time that I have to be onsite to take care of the flowers, so I do my volunteer work when I walk to the park or when I just want to check on the flowers. I get great satisfaction in watching the plants and flowers grow and how beautiful they are.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?

I find great satisfaction with volunteering for something I like to do that also adds some color and enjoyment for others that use the park.

Any advice you have for those looking to get involved in the community?

Explore opportunities through the city! Find an opportunity that is a good fit for you, something you like to do, and you will get great satisfaction in helping out and owning the work you do volunteering!

How to learn about volunteer opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering with the city, visit the volunteer page or contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Smith at