Volunteers of the Month: Chris Ulrich and Wendee Crofoot
This October Greenbelt Alliance has the fortune of honoring two stellar volunteers: Wendee Crofoot and Chris Ulrich. Each was essential to organizing our PARK(ing) Day festivities in San Jose and Walnut Creek.
Wendee is a fifth generation Californian and remembers when San Jose had farms, which inspires her involvement in open space preservation and management. She is thankful for the parks, trees and natural preserves that make living on the Peninsula such a pleasant experience and strives diligently to improve and maintain our local open spaces.
Wendee oversaw PARK(ing) Day 2011 in San Jose, coordinating with 18 organizations to convert five San Jose city blocks of on-street parking into temporary public parks! From working with the City to talking to local businesses to securing trees from Our City Forest, Wendee was the glue that held this event together. She is currently an active volunteer with Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning and an advocate for a more people-friendly Mountain View.
Chris grew up in the dry, dusty Central Valley and was enchanted by the Bay Area’s climate and sensibilities since his first visit a few years ago.
With a hot summer ahead of him, Chris chose to come back to the Bay Area for a summer internship with Greenbelt Alliance in our East Bay office. As his capstone project, he coordinated with six organizations to host a stellar PARK(ing) Day event in downtown Walnut Creek. Two days after this heroic feat, he returned to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he is completing his final undergraduate year in city and regional planning.
Thanks for all your hard work Chris and Wendee!