Our volunteers are a vital asset to our town, so we would like to highlight those who went above and beyond for the Kutztown Community.

Robyn Underwood, Kutztown University Assistant Professor of Biology, has led the Pollinator Initiative of Kutztown Thriving. She became a part of KCP after speaking to Main Street Manager, Nancy Brooks, last fall about joining something great- then called Healthy Communities. Robyn liked the sound of it, especially after determining the pollinators would be the first initiative. Once Robyn met the other individuals involved, she was hooked! "This group is so positive and enthusiastic that I feel like I have more energy at the end of a meeting than I had at the beginning," said Robyn. 

 

What is your favorite memory from volunteering with KCP?

"The day we planted the garden at the Welcome to Kutztown sign was quite memorable. I was following the design that Brooke Leister had created and was struggling to recognize which color was which so could get the right plants in the right places. Two young volunteers (Elena Sewall and Fiora Schnell) stepped in and became my sidekicks. We struggled together and felt extremely accomplished when the planting was finished and we had succeeded. It was a difficult task, but we got through it together."

 

Things you do in the community/service other than KCP?

"I visit schools to teach kids about honey bees and other insects."

 

What are your hobbies/pleasures in life?

"I enjoy watching birds, nature photography, and going on adventures with my family."

 

What is one thing that would surprise someone to learn about you?

"I am a very messy person. It takes the threat of a visitor to make me tidy my house."

 

Why would you invite others to volunteer for KCP?

"KCP is a forward-thinking group of positive people. If you love Kutztown, you should be part of KCP!"


Jared Bailey began volunteering for KCP at the 2015 Block Party. It wasn’t long before Nancy Brooks, our Main Street Manager, noticed Jared’s hard work and hired him as an intern. Jared interned with KCP for two semesters while studying Communications at Kutztown University. He created the KCP website and volunteered at community events, such as Heemet Fescht and Christmas in Kutztown. During his time at KCP, Jared stepped up to become a true member of the community. “It was rewarding work because I got to meet awesome people in the community.” Jared hopes to use the skills he learned at KCP in the future.   What is your favorite volunteer memory?  “You got to love the Block Parties! But it is hard for me to say my favorite part. I will say that I loved meeting and interacting with community members along with come of the college students. I also love being able to help people who needed help – that was a highlight throughout my time at KCP.”   Tell us some of your favorite hobbies  “I love music. I love going to concerts of all kinds, and every kind of music. I also love nature and find myself in the woods or on hikes quite a bit. I am also a big reader. To me, nothing is better than a good book, some good tunes and a nice tree to sit under.”   What’s a surprising fact about yourself?  “Even though I have made the Dean’s List the past few semesters, after my first year as a Kutztown University student I almost failed out. Then, with the help of Laura Scappaticci, a few other great programs, and people, I got my feet back under myself and my head on my shoulders in the right direction.”   Why would you invite others to volunteer at KCP?  “To learn and to have fun while you do so! This not only taught me valuable information, but was rewarding. This taught me how to work more effectively in small groups. This also taught me how to work in a formal setting, all while being forgiving. There were times that I had small blunders while working for KCP, but I was not belittled because of my mistakes; instead, I learned from them.”

Jared Bailey began volunteering for KCP at the 2015 Block Party. It wasn’t long before Nancy Brooks, our Main Street Manager, noticed Jared’s hard work and hired him as an intern.

Jared interned with KCP for two semesters while studying Communications at Kutztown University. He created the KCP website and volunteered at community events, such as Heemet Fescht and Christmas in Kutztown. During his time at KCP, Jared stepped up to become a true member of the community.

“It was rewarding work because I got to meet awesome people in the community.”

Jared hopes to use the skills he learned at KCP in the future.

 

What is your favorite volunteer memory?

 “You got to love the Block Parties! But it is hard for me to say my favorite part. I will say that I loved meeting and interacting with community members along with come of the college students. I also love being able to help people who needed help – that was a highlight throughout my time at KCP.”

 

Tell us some of your favorite hobbies

 “I love music. I love going to concerts of all kinds, and every kind of music. I also love nature and find myself in the woods or on hikes quite a bit. I am also a big reader. To me, nothing is better than a good book, some good tunes and a nice tree to sit under.”

 

What’s a surprising fact about yourself?

 “Even though I have made the Dean’s List the past few semesters, after my first year as a Kutztown University student I almost failed out. Then, with the help of Laura Scappaticci, a few other great programs, and people, I got my feet back under myself and my head on my shoulders in the right direction.”

 

Why would you invite others to volunteer at KCP?

 “To learn and to have fun while you do so! This not only taught me valuable information, but was rewarding. This taught me how to work more effectively in small groups. This also taught me how to work in a formal setting, all while being forgiving. There were times that I had small blunders while working for KCP, but I was not belittled because of my mistakes; instead, I learned from them.”


   Arabel first became involved with KCP when her husband, former KCP Board President, Andy Arnold asked her for help. She currently serves as our Social Work Field Instructor. When Arabel isn’t helping out at KCP, she works as a Community Service Officer and also volunteers at KAHS, KES, and the KAMS. Arabel is passionate about volunteer work and thinks it’s a great way to care for the Kutztown community. “I enjoy giving back to my profession and giving toward my community, so I keep doing it.”   What is your favorite volunteer memory?  “I have many! I got a kick out of seeing my daughter hamming it up for the cameras and cleaning up Main Street with thirty-plus big, strapping KU fraternity brothers.”    Tell us some of your favorite hobbies  “Cooking, crochet, and reading.”   What’s a surprising fact about yourself?  “I have a tattoo!”   Why would you invite others to volunteer at KCP?   “It’s fun and feels great!”   

  

Arabel first became involved with KCP when her husband, former KCP Board President, Andy Arnold asked her for help. She currently serves as our Social Work Field Instructor. When Arabel isn’t helping out at KCP, she works as a Community Service Officer and also volunteers at KAHS, KES, and the KAMS.

Arabel is passionate about volunteer work and thinks it’s a great way to care for the Kutztown community.

“I enjoy giving back to my profession and giving toward my community, so I keep doing it.”

 

What is your favorite volunteer memory?

 “I have many! I got a kick out of seeing my daughter hamming it up for the cameras and cleaning up Main Street with thirty-plus big, strapping KU fraternity brothers.”

 

 Tell us some of your favorite hobbies

 “Cooking, crochet, and reading.”

 

What’s a surprising fact about yourself?

 “I have a tattoo!”

 

Why would you invite others to volunteer at KCP?

  “It’s fun and feels great!”