Volunteer Spotlight, Andy McClary

A photo of volunteer Andy McClary.

Andy McClary

Koreshan State Park

Originally from New Jersey, Andrew “Andy” McClary has a long history of work experience in manufacturing, construction and truck driving, in addition to a short stint in the Air Force. In 1988, Andy married the love of his life, Donna. In 2011, the McClarys moved to Florida, and Andy started his well-deserved retirement in 2017.

While exploring Florida during early retirement, Andy and Donna found themselves enjoying the RV lifestyle at John Pennekamp State Park. During their stay, Andy met volunteers working at the park and was inspired to give the resident volunteer way of life a try. Andy applied for a resident volunteer spot at Lovers Key State Park and in 2018 accepted an offer to work there.

Andy is an enormous asset to each state park he works at. Currently, he is a campground host at Koreshan State Park. He starts early and stays late almost every shift. He always manages to do more and go beyond what is expected of him. He takes great pride in helping visitors, staff and other volunteers.

If you inquire about Andy at any state park that has been lucky enough to have him as a volunteer, they will tell you that not only is he a cleaning machine, he is also a bright light and a smiling face that uplifts the morale of all.