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The Friends of Salt Springs Park, Inc. • PO Box 541 • Montrose PA • 18801 • 570.967.7275 • info@saltspringspark.orgFacebook

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year,
but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
—Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Information Service, Belleville, IL

The Friends of Salt Springs Park is a volunteer-based organization. Volunteers establish and maintain trails, run programs, paint buildings, plant trees and flowers, chop wood, raise money, help visitors, sit on the Board, build shelves. . . . Ever tasted some of the wonderful food served during the annual Celebration? Volunteers cooked it and served it.

Contact us today!

Annual Volunteer Work Days

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
                                                                                               —Winston Churchill

Every April we set aside two Saturdays for park spring cleaning—Chainsaw Day and Trail Day. In 2020, Chainsaw Day will be held on Saturday, April 18 (9 a.m.), and Trail Day will be the following Saturday, April 25 (9 a.m.).

We do the heavier work on Chainsaw Day. We're looking for people to come with their own equipment, go out to pre-selected sites, and tackle fallen trees and other larger issues. On Trail Day, we again break up into groups and head out. We do things like pick up garbage, remove winter debris, rake leaves and rocks, and clear trails.

To show our appreciation, each year we provide all volunteers on both days with hot beverages and food and a T-shirt honoring our work day sponsors.

Note! If you or your group can't make either of those days, give us a call anyway. We can use your help all year long: 570-967-7275.

A Sample of Other Volunteer Opportunities

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. And then I realized I was somebody.                                                                   —Unknown

Weekend Host: Supervise the Wheaton House on weekend afternoons, provide park and historical information, and monitor sales

Special Events: Help to organize and/or conduct one or more of our yearly events (July 3 All-American Music, Trail Race, Celebration)

Small Repairs: Become a "handyperson" and help with the many small repair and maintenance problems that arise

Woodworker: Make park signs, build shelving units and book cases, repair/maintain wood floors

Scrap-booking: Make scrapbooks out of our newspaper articles, photographs, and publicity mementos

Fund Raiser: Help to organize and/or conduct a large fund-raising project for the park

University Liaison: Help tap the student and faculty resources at local colleges and universities

Special Projects: Other - You create! Join the increasing number of volunteers participating in the park's future with your own ideas and enthusiasm!

Other Reasons to Volunteer

We recently became aware of an online publication, How to Volunteer as a Senior, (produced by Aginginplace.org, a resource hub about specific aspects of aging) that outlines the many ways people benefit from volunteering. Although the publication was written specifically for seniors, and the research cited is largely from studies involving seniors, it is the case that the benefits of volunteering are not limited to seniors.

I quote: "Volunteering has its social, mental, and physical benefits for people of all ages."

The publication is a quick (about 14-minute), easy, yet thoughtful and thought-provoking read. These are the benefits identified:

Volunteering is socially beneficial: "Volunteering at events . . . [is] a great way to interact with a wide range of people in the community."

Volunteering is good for your mental cognition: People of all ages need to stay active and use their brains. "Volunteering provides opportunities to keep conversation flowing, constantly stimulate the brain, and help overall cognitive functions stay active."

Volunteering helps give back to the community: People can benefit from your knowledge, and places can benefit from your skills.

Volunteering is physically engaging: We are all aging, and "inactivity as you age can promote the advancement of heart issues, bone loss, joint pain, fat, and a slew of other health issues." Keep moving!

Volunteering is a great way to learn new things: Choose opportunities to learn about subjects and skills you can't pursue in your current (or previous) employment. And, "all of this learning plays into the cognitive health benefits of volunteering we mentioned before."

Volunteering helps fill up a day and is flexible: "Volunteering can help get you out of the house a couple times a week and keep your social engagements alive. But the best part? It can be done on your own schedule!"

There are other reasons, as well, more specific to individual people's lives and situations. Come talk to us about your interests and skills and needs. We'll match them up with some of our needs, and we'll ALL benefit!


"I volunteer at Salt Springs because it is a tranquil place where I can get back to nature and back to myself."

                           —Ellen Fortunato

Other Ways to Help


Become a Member

Contribute to the Friends of Salt Springs Park Fund

Buy a T-shirt or cap from our Gift Shop

2019 Volunteer of the Year

Jim Kessler, shown here with his wife, Jan, was chosen for his many years of service in the park. He was a member of the board and remains a member of the Environmental Education committee, and he has led programs here since the Friends' early days.

2018 Volunteer of the Year

The Merrit family, Kyle (not shown; he's working on the other side of the porch), Bridget, and Harper helped us on Trail Days in April and organized the Silent Auction during the Celebration.

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Rick Heinrich, in addition to helping us out on our April workdays, stops in every couple of weeks in the spring, summer, and fall to tend the Wheaton house lawn and barn beds. He also responds favorably when we ask for his help with odd jobs, which this year included some painting in both farm houses, clearing Japanese knotweed patches, and planting spring bulbs.

2016 Volunteers of the Year

These friends, Donna Foster (top) and Betty Marshall, became Weekend Hosts in 2011 and have hosted together ever since. And, not only do they sign up for more hours a summer than we ask for, but they always help us out during the Celebration, too. Read a bit more about them here.

2015 Volunteer of the Year

Mike Merritt helped mount the Quilt Show for the Celebration and made many trail and garden signs for us.

2014 Volunteer of the Year

Greg Liggett is a builder who oversaw the construction of our new pavilion by dozens of members of his church.