John Mittelbrun first came to the District as a volunteer in 2009 after attending an open house at Isle a la Cache Museum where he met longtime District Volunteer Richard Wachenheim, who was working the information table there.
Mittelbrun began his volunteer work with the District, removing non-native species at Rock Run Preserve. In time, he began assisting at District events where he stayed on for six years. This past spring, he was asked if he could be in charge of a booth at the University of Saint Francisí Green Fair. Excited, he accepted.
Mittelbrun commented that this was the highlight of his career in volunteering with the District.
"I look at that as a privilege and honor thanks to Renee Gauchat, [volunteer services supervisor]," he said. "And looking back, each work day was always fun because of the great people I worked with. Volunteers working in the preserves is a great way to make improvements. The vision for the future lies purely in volunteers' hands."
Mittelbrun is retiring from volunteering with the District this year. He will be missed, but is looking forward to spending more time with his son and nephews.
He said that he is grateful to all of the staff and volunteers who gave him the chance to work on behalf of the District.Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock