OWC volunteers pictured left to right are; Jim Minor, Mickey Walls, Helen Bolton, Don Aleksejus, Hugh Reed, Betty Keirn, Deborah Hunter, Dennis Hunter, Sue Whitener, Mardee Kauffman, Dan Kauffman. Not pictured are Florence Melear, Linda Owen, Norm Owen, and Connie Reed.
The Ocoee Whitewater Center and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of Tennessee recently recognized OWC volunteers for their hours of service. Assistant Center Director Sherry Hicks said of the volunteers “The OWC literally would not, could not run as it has without you. There is no way we can tell you or show you just how much we appreciate the work you do.” OWC is a U. S. Forest Service day-use recreation area and part of the Cherokee National Forest. Volunteers perform a variety of duties, including reception and visitor services, children’s conservation education programs, garden maintenance, special events support, and site upkeep and maintenance. OWC volunteers have contributed 29,000 hours over the years, which is the equivalent of 14 years of full-time service.Almost all the volunteers have been recognized for over 500 hours of service with a rocker placed in their honor on the balcony of center.