National Volunteer Week – Recognizing Meijer Gardens Volunteer Catherine Glennon

Frederik Meijer Gardens has more than 800 volunteers who dedicate years of service and smiles to support its mission of bringing horticulture and art together for all to enjoy. April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Week, and we want to recognize a few of our outstanding volunteers who continue to make a lasting impact on staff, fellow volunteers and guests.

Here is 2012 Volunteer of the Year, Catherine Glennon’s story:

“I love to interact with the children and see the joy in their faces as they learn new things. When I work with them, I’m constantly learning too.”

Catherine teaching about a butterfly's life cycle in the Children's Garden.

Meijer Gardens’ 2012 Volunteer of the Year, weekly docent, PAL (“Play and Activity Leader”), and holiday interior design extraordinaire, Catherine Glennon does it all. She has a little more than 4,000 hours of service to prove it.

After moving to Rockford in 2004 to be closer to her children and grandchildren, Catherine knew she wanted to get involved and went to Meijer Gardens to find out more.

Having been an art major in college, an interior designer and a lifelong gardener, it was the perfect fit for Catherine. She officially started as a volunteer January 2005 and has proved to be a valuable part of the organization ever since.

Last October, Catherine was awarded Volunteer of the Year after being nominated by staff and fellow volunteers for her years of service, positive attitude and continued dedication to helping make the guests and children right at home.

Her favorite time of year at Meijer Gardens is helping  set up the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition and sharing the various holiday traditions with guests. Look for the French Christmas Santon display during that time – she helped design and construct it!“Volunteering is just so rewarding for me because I love talking to people and being a part of Meijer Gardens.”

On Tuesday mornings, you’ll find Catherine working as a PAL in the Children’s Garden and as a Docent on Thursday afternoons. You can’t miss her, she’ll be the one wearing a smile from ear to ear.