Volunteer Spotlight, Mimi Young
Mimi is not a native of Florida but calls the Florida Keys home since she has been here since the mid 1970s. She was a frequent visitor of several Florida State Parks and was recruited by the CSO (community service organization) when new board members were needed. Mimi is originally from Ohio and works on several boards in the community.
Mimi began volunteering for the Florida Parks Service officially in 2012 but has been helping the parks long before that. Whenever visiting a park, she would make sure to collect trash, helping to protect the environment and keep the parks beautiful for other visitors. As a Friend of the Islamorada Area State Parks, she has helped with printing and distribution of the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Trail guide. One of her favorite activities with the Friends group is serving as the chairperson for Lignumvitae Christmas. This past year the event was held at the Islamorada’s holiday festival. The CSO created a float to represent the parks in the holiday parade. Mimi was featured on the float as Mrs. Matheson with Park Ranger Shawn dressed as Mr. Matheson.
When Mimi isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys cooking and cruising. Mimi, along with the other CSO members, is an important part of the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. We are honored to have her as a volunteer.