The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The Hermann Park Conservancy is a citizens' organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park - today and for generations to come.
In a city increasingly effected by the problems of a deteriorating environment, including pollution, climate change, vanishing plant and animal species, urban sprawl, there is a critical need to restore our urban green spaces. An urban green space provides a range of tangible benefits, such as mitigating air and water pollution, combating suburban sprawl, providing opportunities for recreation, reducing crime and fostering cohesive neighborhoods. Unfortunately, Urban Green Spaces are often the first public works to be hit by budget crunches. The aforementioned issues have all adversely affected Hermann Park. In order to simply maintain the park in its current condition, a 22,000 hour gap of needed maintenance must be filled.
The Hermann Park Conservancy was implemented to help fill this gap. The City of Houston's Parks and Recreation department does a great job with resources provided to them. However, due to the limited supply of man hours, many projects do not get the proper attention. Therefore, HPC continues to look for volunteers to lend a helping hand.
The exciting part of trying to fill this great need is that there are many opportunities that can accommodate any one. If you have a desire to help your community, please contact us!