For Judy Bock, recycling, composting and gardening are second nature. After retiring from nursing and journalism, Bock got involved in volunteering through the city of Columbia, City of Refuge and the Wardrobe. The City of Columbia Volunteer Programs has allowed her to use her passion for waste reduction to educate others.
Bock enjoys teaching children at Lunch in the Park and school science days about reducing their own waste and proper recycling techniques. “Some kids are more interested in it than others,” Bock said.
Bock is also an active Park Patrol volunteer, and enjoys this leisurely assignment. “I kill two birds with one stone; I walk my dog on the trail and get exercise.” Bock listens to audiobooks while picking up trash along the trail. She’s a smiling face on the trail to let people know that there’s someone caring for our trails and improving safety.
Bock’s dedication and generous spirit make her an asset to the City of Columbia’s team of volunteers. “All the people involved in the volunteer program are so much fun that helping doesn’t feel like work.” Bock said.
To learn more about volunteering with the City of Columbia, contact us at (573) 874-7499 or volunteer@CoMo.gov.
Written by volunteer Laura Davis