Volunteers at United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service allow the agency to stretch available resources, improve customer service and help the environment.
And at least four North Okaloosa residents help fuel the effort.
Susan Holley, Baker, and Mike Bailey, Rosa Williams and Reneshia Williams, Crestview, are on the Earth Team, the agency’s volunteer organization. Team members help NRCS conservationists provide everything from conservation technical assistance to teaching and generating awareness about conservation through community projects and education.
In 2013, volunteer hours at Florida NRCS offices totaled more than 6,127. As a federal agency, that equals approximately $135,651 in benefits to the federal government and its taxpayers.
At many high schools and colleges throughout the country, students can get credit for courses or volunteer hours by working as an Earth Team volunteer.
Email NRCSdistributioncenter@ia.usda.gov to learn more about program involvement.