Volunteers work for free, but their time is certainly not without value. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 1,193 volunteers worked 46,757 hours in fiscal year 2013 — which equals about $1,035,200 in donations.
At a luncheon honoring park volunteers Nov. 21, Superintendent Cindy Orlando praised the group, whose varied duties include working in museum collections and archives, monitoring the backcountry, visitor service, native forest restoration, trail maintenance, endangered species projects and much more.
“Volunteers not only enrich the visitor experience, but also the lives of our employees,” said Orlando. “They help us with every imaginable task and we are indebted to their service.”