2013 winner Gordy Emery

2013 winner Gordy Emery

At our annual Volunteer Recognition Picnic held on May 15, we celebrated with new and old friends and took time out to thank our dedicated volunteers for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the Zoo. Each year at this party we honor one of our deserving volunteers with the ‘Jim Grapenstetter Award for Outstanding Volunteerism.’

Our 2013 winner is Gordy Emery, who volunteered a total of 440 hours, worked virtually each event and was a constant presence in the Zoo’s busy parking lot.

As a member of what we affectionately refer to as ‘the Parking Lot Crew’ Gordy worked tirelessly to help ensure that everyone who came to visit the Zoo during this transformational year arrived and parked safely. This was no small feat, as we had more than 400,000 visitors last year! Gordy is quick to offer help no matter how big or small the job and is truly a wonderful addition to our volunteer team.

Congratulations, Gordy.

Please join Gordy and our other wonderful volunteers at next year’s celebration by submitting your volunteer application and joining our program. You can download the forms by visiting the Volunteer page of our Web site or feel free to e-mail me at eroach@senecazoo.org or call (585) 295-7354.

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator


party_tale_iconZoobilation, our annual gala fundraiser is rapidly approaching!

This year’s event will again be held in A Step into Africa. For those of you who have volunteered in year’s past and for those of you who are volunteering at this fun event for the first time, we are holding an informational meeting pre-event pizza party. There are two scheduled meeting times, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in the Conference Center. Our Zoobilation coordinator will be on hand to walk us through the event itself and help answer any questions you may have.

If you have already signed up for the event and are interested in learning more or are possibly interested in getting involved we would love to see you there. While this meeting is not mandatory it is a great resource for answering questions and addressing any concerns about the new set up.

If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to contact me at (585) 295-7354 or send me an e-mail at eroach@senecazoo.org. I look forward to seeing you soon!

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator

Photo by Noelle Sippel

Photo by Noelle Sippel

We would like to remind you that the application deadline to become a ZooTeen at the Seneca Park Zoo is fast approaching. All components of the application are due by April 1, 2013, so don’t wait!

There are about 70 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 that will be accepted to participate in this educational program over the summer. This is an amazing way to make friends with area teens, to become educated on conservation issues and to share your new knowledge with thousands of Zoo visitors over the summer months through presentations and projects.

Click here for application forms and more information.

If you’re looking to volunteer at the Zoo in 2013, we have updated all required forms for 2013!

Please visit our Volunteer page to download an application, event form as well as our Employee Handbook and Social Network and Dress Code Policy. The application and event form can be sent back to me; I will then contact you when the events you checked on the Event Form are coming up. Checking off interested events does not bind you to those events; it simply helps me know when to be in touch.

I look forward to seeing a lot of new (and old) faces in 2013.

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Photo by Kelli O’Brien

Here is to the end of a great year and the beginning of a new one. Thank you to all our volunteers for a great 2012! We had a transformational year with record attendance and appreciate all your help and support.

Moving into the New Year, it is time to start thinking about volunteering at your Zoo in 2013. I will be sending along the events form to our current volunteers to fill out and return to me. Of course, if you or someone you know would like more information about volunteering at the Zoo, please call me at (585) 295-7354 or send me an e-mail at eroach@senecazoo.org.

We are again expecting large crowds in 2013 and need you more than ever. I hope you and your families have a wonderful and safe holiday and a very happy New Year.

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer and Group Sales Coordinator

Our ZooBoo event is wrapped up and we’re planning for our next fundraiser, Breakfast with Santa!

Many of our volunteers donate their time as part of a volunteer group, which includes local colleges, like SUNY Brockport. Brockport’s women’s volleyball team was here for ZooBoo and had a lot of fun. In a post from the Brockport Web site, head coach Bethany Schlegel said:

“Volunteering at ZooBoo was a great opportunity for our team to interact with Rochester families and contribute to the community that we are a part of. This was a fun, family event and our team really enjoyed the experience.”

Want to learn more about volunteering yourself? Click here.

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator

Happy October!

ZooBoo, our Merry-Not-Scary Halloween-themed event is approaching and we need your help!

With an event this size we rely heavily on volunteers for each day. The more the merrier in fact. We can especially use extra hands the first weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th. There are two shifts each day – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m.

There will be two informational meetings for event volunteers. While these meetings are not mandatory the event coordinators will be on hand to answer questions you may have about what to wear, where to park etc. These meetings will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 4th and Monday, October 8th. If you are unable to attend either meeting and have questions feel free to reach out to me.

If you would like to volunteer for this fun event please contact me via e-mail at eroach@senecazoo.org or give me a call at (585) 295-7354.

– Elizabeth Roach, Volunteer Coordinator