When Jared Koenig came to his first trail volunteer day when Red Grade was little more than a few scratches on the mountain, he never imagined he’d be leading Sheridan Community Land Trust’s recreation program one day.
Koenig was there because he had been mountain biking for a few years and was “excited to help build a great trail so close to where I lived.”
“It was refreshing to find a positive and beneficial community organization so in tune with my recreational activities,” he remarked.
But it wasn’t just an organization that aligned with his passions that left the largest impact, Koenig said, it was the community he found by rolling up his sleeves and lending a hand.
“To this day, I still think about the great friendships and the sense of accomplishment I developed during my first times volunteering,” Koenig reflected. “We have an amazing community that is engaged and dedicated, and I have always enjoyed spending time with such positive people.”
“When the work is was done, enjoying the trail and seeing others enjoy it as well really drove home that connection to the community,” he affirmed.
On May 2, Jared was back at another volunteer trail night. Only this time, he was leading the work on his second day as SCLT’s Recreation Program Manager. It marks the first time SCLT has had someone in that position full-time, year-round.