Here at the Fairfield Foundation, we embrace the fact that we would be nothing without our dedicated volunteers. But we could definitely stand to recognize them publicly far more often than we do! To that end, we are introducing a new, monthly segment of the blog post: the Volunteer Spotlight. This gives US a chance to highlight some of our amazing volunteers, and gives YOU a chance to get to know them better! To start things off, let us introduce you to Rebecca Guest, someone we’ve really been able to count on for a number of our special events – including the Abingdon Glebe Dig History! Kids Camp, our garage sales at the future CAPE, and as a regular at lab nights. And now to learn some things about her in her own words!
How and when did you first become involved with the Fairfield Foundation?
I have been volunteering with the foundation for a little over a year now. At the time, I needed extra credit for a college course. My work and interactions with the foundation helped me pass the course. I enjoyed volunteering for the Fairfield Foundation so much that I decided to continue volunteering.
Rebecca washing artifacts at her first lab night!
Describe a memorable experience you’ve had with the Fairfield Foundation.
I really enjoy the events that involve children. I have had the most fun assisting with the kids camp held at Abingdon Glebe. Recently, washing artifacts at lab night with my sixth grade history teacher (a fellow volunteer) has been a memorable experience.
Rebecca leads this year’s Abingdon Glebe Dig History! campers in artifact washing.
How do you spend your time when you’re not helping out the Fairfield Foundation?
I work full-time. I am a history student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Fairfield is mentoring me through the ASV Certification Program. I also volunteer at art6 gallery in Richmond.
Your time is valuable – why do you support the Fairfield Foundation through volunteering?
I grew up in Gloucester and I am happy to be working with an organization that promotes and preserves the history of my hometown.
If you could visit any archaeological site in the world, what would it be and why?
My mother and her family are from Puerto Rico. I want to explore some of the archaeological sites on the island that concern Boriken Taíno culture. I have always been fascinated by my Caribbean heritage.
Thanks to Rebecca for sharing some of her favorite things with us! Stay tuned via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Facebook.com/TheFairfieldFoundation), and now Twitter (@FairfieldFound) to read about more of our great volunteers, as well as to keep up to date about all of our activities and upcoming events!