River Raisin National Battlefield Park Volunteer Ambassador
Erik Lopinski is making a difference in the River Raisin National Battlefield Park. He is one of 52 recent or upcoming college graduates working in a national park this year to “Get Things Done” as an AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Ambassador. He is very interested in helping the public understand and appreciate historical sites as well as the outdoors.
Erik Lopinski grew up in Southeastern, Michigan right by the Ohio border. A native of Monroe County he has grown up with a passion for history and the outdoors. He is a current student at the University of Toledo pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History, with a graduation date in May of 2018.
His favorite hobbies are reading, kayaking, and physical fitness. He has a deep passion for getting people to connect more deeply with the history of the nation while encouraging active living and community involvement.
The Community Volunteer Ambassadors (CVA) Program is a partnership between the National Park Service, Northwest Youth Corps, and Conservation Legacy. The program provides work and training opportunities to young adults, ages 21 to 30, in national parks throughout the country. Each of the 52 CVAs will work in collaboration with local communities to mobilize volunteer groups and individuals to share in the protection of our nation’s natural and cultural resources.
CVAs will support a wide variety of park operations and programs that address the priorities of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and local communities. Activities include facilities and trail maintenance, research and education, health and recreation, and disaster services.
CVAs work closely with other National Park Service staff to strengthen community partnerships, recruit others into volunteer service, and coordinate national stewardship events, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, National Volunteer Week, National Trails Day, and National Public Lands Day. More information about volunteering in national parks can be found at www.volunteer.gov.
“Experiences like these are truly transformative,” said Conservation Legacy Co-CEO Amy Sovocool. “They instill life skills and character traits that build on one another, strengthen over time, and foster optimal advancement and a service ethic. The partnership creates a skilled and diverse workforce of educated and active citizens, future leaders, and stewards of natural and cultural resources and communities.
Last updated: April 24, 2018