Volunteer Spotlight, Karen Blount & Dave Parvis
Karen and Dave are perfect examples of what Lovers Key is looking for in Volunteers. Great attitudes, big smiles and cheerful personalities no matter what job is put in front of them. Whether cleaning restrooms, emptying garbage cans or rebuilding boardwalks, they always put smiles on the faces of those around them.
Karen started her volunteering with the National Park Service in 2016 at Greenbelt Campground in Washington, D.C., Big Cypress National Preserve and Indiana Dunes National Park.
Dave joined the fun in 2018 when they started volunteering in Florida State Parks. Besides working at Lovers Key State Park, they have volunteered at John Pennekamp and Fort Zachary Taylor. Together they spent last summer camp hosting at Lake Powhatan Campground in the Pisgah National Forest outside Asheville, North Carolina, along the Blueridge Parkway. Traveling and working is what they love and it shows.
Dave loves woodworking and Karen has learned many skills from him. As a team, have been a huge asset to building projects around Lovers Key. From building new trash can enclosures to repairing bridges and overlooks, just turn them loose with some power tools and you're guaranteed quality work and a good time. They are rightfully proud of the cedar shake work they did on the sign at our Bayside picnic area. It has greatly improved the first impression of visitors entering the park.
They have built lasting relationships with other resident volunteers, visitors and rangers. They are people who love the outdoors and enjoy preserving our valuable natural resources. They say they love coming to Lovers Key because of the beauty of the park. We love having them as volunteers because of all the joy they bring with them. They have truly become part of the Lovers Key State Park family.