Each month, Burritt on the Mountain recognizes a volunteer who goes above and beyond to assist our guests and staff. This month, we celebrate September’s Volunteer of the Month, Sari Oosta.
This year, Sari volunteered approximately 200 hours focusing on the educational programming of the national women’s suffrage movement and the centennial celebration of 19th Amendment through presentations at Burritt.
We greatly appreciate Sari’s valued time, energy, ideas and skills to help fulfill Burritt’s mission to educate and enhance lives in our community.
To get to know Sari better, we asked her Why Volunteer at Burritt? in three questions:
How did you get involved with Burritt on the Mountain? Before we moved here five years ago to be with my daughter and her family, she took us to visit Burritt. I just fell in love with the place. I felt like I belonged there. We had a wonderful mansion tour by a young historian who had a vast knowledge of Dr. Burritt and who took great pains to talk with my six-year old granddaughter about the doctor and didn’t talk at her. The cabins were like walking into something very familiar maybe because their furnishings were like those in my house, family heirlooms. The setting was peaceful land beautiful. I told my daughter that if we ever moved here, I’d volunteer at Burritt.
What do you find most rewarding? I was brought up by parents who loved history and know the importance of its preservation for future generations. They were co-founders of a city museum in Michigan. I know how difficult it is to get funding, volunteers, and good staff let alone the constant costly upkeep. Volunteering to keep a place like Burritt open and running is important. Meeting people from all over this country and the world and sharing this special place with them is very special to me.
What do you think makes Burritt such a special place? The staff here is very special. They are welcoming, dedicated, and incredibly hard working. They are unpretentious and you find every one of them stepping out of their professional “boxes” and pitching in on such mundane projects as clearing trails, cleaning buildings, and gardening because of their love of Burritt and their dedication to it to keep it going for future generations.
Sari works faithfully because of her love and passion for Burritt and the people here. Many, like Sari are here because they have a deep-rooted desire for volunteerism and helping others, not accolades. Won’t you volunteer with us too?
September 2020 – Sari Oosta
August 2020 – Bart Bankowski
July 2020 – Connor Diaz
June 2020 – Judy Link
May 2020 – Burritt Family Members
April 2020 –Rocket City Regulators
March 2020 – Sandy River Ramblers
February 2020 – Angela Farmer
January 2020 – Bill Caudill
December 2019 – Kari Bosivert
November 2019 – Maria Camp
October 2019 – Carole and Richard Hamm
Joe is a new volunteer and has been a huge help to Burritt. He has logged almost 600 hours since June 2019. He has been a part of the Burritt Brigade on Monday’s fixing and repairing and the rest of the week he jumps in whenever he sees a need and is willing to help everyone. We thank Joe for his valued time and abilities to solve some of Burritt’s operational challenges. His service has positively impacted Burritt at every corner and in between.