Ritza is a familiar face around the Garden! Full of exuberant, warm energy, she makes the Garden an even more welcoming space. We're excited to feature Ritza in our volunteer spotlight this week.
Why do you volunteer at ICG?
I volunteer at ICG because it brings out my inner play. Growing up in Brooklyn, there wasn’t a lot of greenery to play around or most places cost money before you could do anything. I also volunteer because it's an opportunity to learn and teach the younger generation it is OK and it is their right to enjoy nature.
What do you do as a volunteer?
I sit on the Marketing and Communications Committee where I helped develop the new IGC logo, communications strategies, market outreach campaigns, monitor and strengthen social media with ICG Staff Members, and review general communications for newsletters, announcements, and Garden marketing materials. I also help weed, rake leaves in the fall, and grow vegetables during the summer.
If you could tell someone one thing about the Garden, what would it be?
ICG is for everyone. It may feel like you need a reason or goal or purpose to be there before you visit, but you’ll be surprised that it is just a beautiful place to reconnect to nature and relax!