Have you been working on a service project that has a goal?
Have you accomplished the goal or made progress toward achieving it?
Have you been working in concert with others?
Can you recount the accomplishments of your team?
Can you include measures?
Nope, you don’t need to have solved world hunger or addressed climate change all by yourself. Some successes are simply incremental steps toward outcomes that benefit the environment in Fairfax County and northern Virginia.
Every year, FMN reports stories of success to Virginia Master Naturalists. We’d like to share yours.
Whenever you are ready, please compose up to 500 words that relay (in whichever order best suits your story):
- The name of your project and the service code
- Its purpose, goals, and current objectives
- Who’s working on the project–they don’t all have to be FMNers
- What have you accomplished to date?
- How do you measure those accomplishments beyond hours spent (e.g., if you planted a pollinator garden, what did it attract over what period of time that’s different from what used to visit that area? In addition to creatures that fly or crawl, did you attract human visitors? helpers? funding to continue? How many? How much?)
- How much help do you need from chapter members?
- What might we learn?
- Why is this activity worth the investment of time?
- How does it bring you pleasure? Would we have fun, too?
Please send the story and 2-3 photos with captions to [email protected]. A member of the FMN Communications team will be in touch within a few days, and your story will be posted to this site.
Yes, the time you spend on the story counts toward your service hours.
Questions? Again, [email protected]