Oak Knoll Designated a “Service Enterprise” for Commitment to Volunteerism
Michael P. O'Connor
ATTLEBORO—Mass Audubon’s Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary has been certified as an official “Service Enterprise” for its growing number of volunteers who encourage people throughout Greater Attleboro to connect with nature.
Oak Knoll has attracted an enthusiastic volunteer corps to engage with visitors at the popular wildlife sanctuary and nature center located at 1417 Park Street, and also to help residents discover the natural world right in their own neighborhoods.
The Service Enterprise program is administered by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service and founded by former President George H. W. Bush 25 years ago.
In earning its “Service Enterprise” designation, Oak Knoll reflects Mass Audubon’s organization-wide commitment to volunteerism across its network of wildlife sanctuaries, from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires. Last year, more than 14,000 individuals generously gave of their time in supporting the work of the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit.
Points of Light President/CEO Natalye Paquin praised Oak Knoll in announcing the designation.
“Without organizations like yours—dedicated to engaging volunteers to drive change—so many local needs would go unmet,” Paquin said. “With dedication like yours, so many lives are improved and your community is stronger.”
Sanctuary Director Lauren Gordon said being designated a Service Enterprise presents a great opportunity for Oak Knoll to strengthen its community engagement. “And," Gordon noted, “it helps us strategically deploy volunteers to inspire our members and other visitors to appreciate and steward nature through meaningful, hands-on educational experiences.”
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.