I want to share two pieces of news with you.
First, thanks to 120 generous people like you, we just surpassed our goal for our crowdfunding campaign, "Creating Exceptional Leadership for Natural Resource Conservation." Exceeding our goal helps us do even more to support our chapters and volunteer leaders, so we aren't stopping just yet. We still have 6 days left in the campaign, and we will keep spreading the word. Hopefully you will, too!
Second, I want to let everyone who supported us know that we just held the first two of four planned "Leadership Days" for Virginia Master Naturalist chapter leaders. Last Friday, 31 volunteers from seven chapters came together in Gainesville, and on Saturday, 17 volunteers from seven different chapters joined us in Radford. At each location, VMN program faculty and staff shared best practices for retaining volunteers and organizing projects, provided program updates, and facilitated volunteers in sharing their own ideas for being effective in their leadership roles. Thanks to you, we were able to offer these events for free to all attendees.
We have two more Leadership Days coming up in early December to reach 15 more VMN chapters, and we are expecting 60 or more attendees at those events. Thanks again for your support that has helped make these events happen.
Thanks again for giving, and for the many ways you are helping to let others know about our campaign!
Virginia Master Naturalist Program Director
Extension Associate, Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation