By Hank Osborn, East Hudson Program Coordinator
The Trail Conference recently hosted a group of nine Community HealthCorps members for a day of trail work. Field Manager Erik Mickelson led the group on a day of trail building on the Appalachian Way, the new connecting trail between Canopus Lake beach and the Appalachian Trail in Fahnestock State Park.
The nine are enrolled through AmeriCorps for 12 months (1,700 hours each) with Hudson River Health Care, an outreach program for uninsured and underinsured families in the Hudson Valley. The program focuses on patient education and quality improvements. The members work in various locations including Yonkers, Peekskill, Beacon, and Poughkeepsie.
When asked why they wanted to volunteer with the Trail Conference on a freezing cold November morning, they responded, “We want to help build trails because we want an excuse to be outside, to get dirty, and to have fun.”
If your group would like to get similarly involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator John Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.