In National Park Service news feeds, an article by Alexander Neumeister talked “about the mental health benefits of volunteering – a sense of purpose, develops empathy, invokes passion, reduces stress, and increases social involvement.” 2020 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Volunteer program. The Volunteer In Parks (VIP) Act was passed by Congress on July 29, 1970 to allow National Parks to use volunteers. For years now, John Work, Ben Costea, and Kay Caudle have been volunteering with us. We thank them immensely for their support. Might you consider doing the same? If not at Washita, why not volunteer…

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