Andrea-Silbert_phoHO_10232013_optDescribe your volunteer activities at HCT:
I serve on the Board of Trustees and help primarily with strategy, governance and fundraising.

How long have you volunteered?
Since I moved to the Cape in 2000.  I got involved on the fundraising committee for the Save Monomoy River campaign and was amazed by the support the Trust had in the community to raise substantial funds in a relatively short period of time to save such a vital piece of land and waterway.  I can’t drive past the Monomoy River (Muddy Creek) without thinking about the work of the Trust and am delighted when my children take a field trip there with their schools

What do you like most about it, memorable moments?
I think HCT brings together the most dedicated and talented individuals to work as volunteers at all levels, purchasing the land, stewarding it often with major improvements and ongoing maintenance.  I am extremely impressed by the impact our herring counts, vernal pool searches and other work has had on the wildlife in our town.  Restoring an eel migration route was an incredible moment of beauty and wonder for all.

I also really enjoy serving with my fellow Trustees and am inspired every day by the commitment and talent of Mike Lach, our Executive Director.  It is a fun group to work with and it feels great to get so much done with Mike at the helm.

What’s special about Harwich
It feels like an old New England town with beautiful architecture, lovely estuaries and lots of woodlands.  I live on the Herring River and can kayak from my home, walk through miles of the Bell’s Neck Reserve and climb onto a bike and get on the rail trail.  We are surrounded by nature.

What else do you like to do for fun or other activities or volunteering?
I work full time for a philanthropy that is fighting hunger and poverty and I run after 3 busy kids who are highly involved in school and sports!  Lots of baseball and hockey. Additionally, I help political candidates throughout the state that share my interests in fighting poverty.