National Wildlife Refuge System volunteer Sharon Glock is the daughter of a San Antonio preacher. Helping others has been a way of life for as long as she can remember.
We would go into poor neighborhoods and put on parades and puppet shows. Wed have the kids come to church for Bible study, singing and praying, she says. I can remember I would be so hoarse I couldnt even talk.
As an adult, Glock has turned to nature, putting in more than 10,000 volunteer hours in 21 years at six refuges.
For her dedication, she received the 2011 Take Pride in America National Volunteer Award. Take Pride in America is a Department of the Interior partnership program authorized by Congress to promote stewardship of public lands nationwide.
Glock was among 14 people or groups to receive Take Pride awards this year and be recognized at a White House ceremony.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service depends on people like Glock and tens of thousands of other volunteers at refuges. From staffing visitor centers to pulling invasive weeds, we would not be able to accomplish half of what we do if it were not for these amazing volunteers, says Deborah Moore, national volunteer coordinator for the Service.
Since last year, Glock and her husband, Charles, have been at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, where volunteer coordinator Bonnie Swarbrick says she nominated Sharon because of her years of serviceand
Shes bubbly, energetic, enthusiastic and always cheerful, says Swarbrick, who describes Sharon as quite physical, removing sheetrock one day and digging trenches the next.
Sharons concern for others is impressive.
When other volunteers leave, she throws goingaway events for them, cooking up a variety of tasty goodies, Swarbrick says. She does this all of her own initiative.
I want them to feel like they were really appreciated, Sharon explains.