Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Carlene Nichols

Volunteers at Watershed Committee of the Ozarks logged 2996 hours of service in 2017. Carlene Nichols, a volunteer from Anderson Missouri, has contributed over 70 hours to that number since November. It’s clear that such a volume of hours needs little explanation. But, what 70 hours of service within four months doesn’t tell is that Carlene works full-time, is returning to school to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, and is active in other groups within the community. In a world in which it is so easy to become overwhelmed by the realities that we all face as inhabitants of this planet, Carlene stands as a reminder to us here that acts of service and kindness toward the earth, and our communities, are possible, even for the busiest among us. She has become an indispensible part of our weekly operation, and we can’t thank her enough for her presence here.


Where are you from? “I’m from Anderson Missouri but moved to Springfield 2 years ago.”

School/Career?: “I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, but will going back to school at MSU in the Fall to study Wildlife Biology. At this point, I’m not certain which field I’d like to go into specifically, but I’m interested in wildlife rescue.”

Why do you volunteer at the watershed? “I volunteer at the watershed because I enjoy actively learning every time I am there. Also, I love to be able to able to do whatever I can to help in conservation efforts.”

Favorite Tree: “My favorite Tree has to be the pine. Although, the Red Willow is a close second.”

Interesting Fact: “I used to own and ride a motorcycle.”

provided by Caleb Sanders