Doan Brook Volunteer Collaborations
As a community-based nonprofit organization, volunteers are the key element in helping us implement conservation or restoration initiatives, as well as provide local education and outreach programs. We are particularly fortunate to have a core of dedicated volunteers in addition to collaborations with a number of schools and community groups, including:
For the past three years, David has led our Fall Photography Hike through the Doan Brook Gorge. David approached the Partnership expressly to collaborate on a very important aspect of our work--the goal to ignite and strengthen connections between people and our local watershed. In addition to teaching technical skills, David teaches us new ways to see and appreciate the Brook’s ecology. View David’s work of the Doan Brook environs at Exceptional Light.
While we list Virginia as a volunteer, crusader is a more appropriate designation for her tireless efforts on behalf of our community. A retired teacher, Virginia hikes the Doan riparian corridor daily and clears trash as she goes. She is a vigorous advocate for community improvements as well; writing letters, hosting meetings, and following up with phone calls to whittle away at her list of necessary improvements to Rockefeller Park and University Circle. When she’s not crusading for the Doan Brook, she can be found teaching literacy or taking classes at CWRU.
Jeffery has been one of those rare volunteers to step forward and offer his time and talent to the task that’s most in need of support. The DBWP quickly funneled projects ranging from research and writing to driving the truck for our clean-up event his way. Jeffery recently took a new position with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, though we are pleased that he remains a colleague, as he is working on a project in the watershed.
Whether with the Nature Center or the DBWP, Case Western Reserve Doctor Kathy Smachlo has been involved in an extensive number of volunteer efforts hosted by the two organizations. Dr. Smachlo is a deeply committed environmentalist who is dedicated to the health of individuals, the community and our natural ecology. Kathy also incorporates sustainability into her daily life, such as creating a more biodiverse and water-wise yard.
For artist, environmentalist and teacher, Julie Patton, volunteering is one thread woven into, not separate from, the daily fabric of diverse activities. Since returning to her Cleveland neighborhood from New York, Julie has marshaled resources to convert a vacant lot into a garden/learning lab for local youth. Julie and her team regularly take kids to hike and clean up Doan Brook, while infusing this effort with creativity, art and history. In 2012, DBWP worked with Julie and her neighbors to construct raingardens to accompany the vegetable plots her community has created.
Dr. Mike Nichols
The DBWP is privileged to be one organization, among many, for which Dr. Mike Nichols serves as a volunteer. Dr. Nichols is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at John Carroll University. In addition to work with the DBWP, he has worked on environmental projects with Ohio EPA, Euclid Creek Watershed Volunteer Water Monitoring Program, City of Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga and Summit County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the City of South Euclid. In 2004-2007, Dr. Nichols donated water quality testing to our efforts on the South Branch, the results of which assisted two stream restoration projects and a pollution prevention project.