We have volunteer opportunities to suit a variety of interests, skills and availability. Here are a few current needs:
Gardening (weed, plant, label, prune); landscaping (create and maintain paths, rake, spread gravel/woodchips, remove debris); building repair and maintenance; cabin renovation; programs and events (planning, setup/cleanup, assist with running programs), marketing and outreach.
Internships at Weis
We are committed to mentoring students through internship programs for high school and college students. Meet some of the students currently interning at Weis, and learn more about applying for an internship.
Please Contact Us to Join the Team!
Volunteers are critical to our success - and we have some terrific ones we'd like to thank and shine a light on!
Jeff has been working with us since winter 2016/2017, handling everything from tree felling thru the gamut of the building trades. He is a retired engineering and operations executive from the consumer products industry. Fortunately, he enjoys “figuring it out”, as his previous life makes him a skilled craftsman at nothing we do here. Also fortunate: he has a lot of tools, most of which he knows how to use. He says that it is fulfilling and fun to work with the other volunteers and dedicated staff to realize the New Weis Center’s potential. Outside of Weis, Jeff would rather be flying or on his motorcycle riding roads he has never been on. Life is great!
Steve joined us in Fall 2017 after reading an article about the reopening of The New Weis Center under a new nonprofit, and learning that volunteers were needed to help repair the cabins and main building. He has fond memories of coming to Weis with his family for Scout programs, so he decided to offer his help. Steve is a retired architect who also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity doing hands-on construction work, and for JORBA working on the biking trails in the area. He has lived in Ringwood for 30 years, and loves the access to nature it provides. He especially enjoys hiking and biking in Ringwood State Park. His work at Weis has included repairing water damage, floors and walls; installing doors, bathrooms fixtures and ventilation system; tree work and cutting up deadfall from storm damage; and installing new fencing. He and Jeff Bower (above) are now beginning the repairs to make a cabin ready to house an onsite caretaker/handyman.
Paul and his family's ties to Weis go back to the Camp Midvale days, and he remains committed to seeing the Center flourish. Paul keeps the property mowed, including the large recreation field. He has also assisted on several event planning committees, volunteered at events, and is always ready to lend a hand.
Doug moved to Ringwood when he was about 5, and still lives here. He graduated from Montclair State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Business Administration, and is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Rutgers. Doug is a formal Master of Ceremonies for area events and loves to hike and play frisbee. In his free time, you can see Doug and his friends cleaning litter from the local roads, and he volunteers at Weis events and helps with building repairs and painting. Doug says: "I first stumbled upon Weis in elementary school, when my mom took me there to enjoy nature. Through weekends hanging around the Center and school field trips there, Weis became a special place to me. When is shut down, I felt that Ringwood had lost another historic gem within it's Ramapo Mountains. When I learned that the Highlands Nature Friends were working to resurrect it, my friends and I instantly offered to assist. Weis is one of the special things about my home that makes me proud to live here".
Heather moved to Ringwood when she was 9 and lived near Weis for many years. She explored the trails, caves, waterfalls and hidden places within Weis and that love of the outdoors propelled her into studying the natural world. She graduated from Ramapo College with a Bachelors degree in Biology/Environmental Studies and went on to intern with SCA/Americorp in Harriman State Park as an Environmental Educator. Currently Heather runs the Sunday School program at the Community Presbyterian Church in Ringwood, teaches music at their vacation bible school, runs the Ringwood Girl Scout unit annual campfire and works as a teacher’s aide at Christ the King Nursery School. She continues to reside in Ringwood with her husband and 3 girls. Heather is thrilled to be an educator at Weis and hopes to provide an engaging outdoor education program so children can learn to love our natural environment just as she did when she was a kid.
Tobin was born and raised in the Stonetown area of Ringwood, and is helping with a variety of volunteer projects, including clearing the grounds and restoring cabins and the building that will house Aquaponics. He says: "I grew up hiking these trails and free roaming with my father and family. We explored mountaintops with breathtaking views, followed rivers to their sources and ventured into caves containing generations of mysteries. He taught me about the ecosystem and its importance to our survival. My brother and I studied birds, newts, and coexisted in the forest with all of its species. I particularly appreciated and was astonished by the abundant edible and medicinal plant species native to Ringwood and the Ramapough Mountains. As someone who works in Holistic Health for a living, I have studied many of these native species that are still used by the mainstream medical industry, such as Ginseng, Goldenseal, Mountain Mint, Menthol and other powerful herbal foundations. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to steward this beautiful, truly magical land in partnership with the Highland Nature Friends."
Coming soon... bios for more of our wonderful volunteers, including:
Jean & Cliff Huntington
"Alone we can do so little, together
we can do so much." ~ Helen Keller