When most people think about volunteering with the PCTA, they think about re-benching tread, constructing bridges, or improving drainage. What many don’t realize is that volunteers get involved with our organization in many different capacities outside of trail maintenance. An outstanding example of this is our long standing administrative volunteer Peggy Porto. Peggy has been donating her time in the Sacramento headquarters since 2002, when her son Jason first hiked the PCT.
“Peggy is a valuable volunteer for the Sacramento office staff. We are extremely fortunate to have Peggy on board and are so happy that she came into our office more than 13 years ago,” says Shari Hansen, Annual Fund Manager.
We recently spoke with Peggy about her dedication to the association:
PCTA: What does volunteering mean to you?
It means being able to help out with some of the time-consuming office tasks so the staff can concentrate on the most important issues. It means giving time to something I believe in – a trail that enriches the lives of so many. It also means having the opportunity to work with the most wonderful group of people.
PCTA: What are some of your favorite accomplishments as a PCTA volunteer?
As a longtime volunteer, it is gratifying to be able to help with questions about former documents and archives. In the past, it has always been fun working in the PCTA store at various events. And although it is not as official PCTA volunteers, my husband and I thoroughly enjoy hosting PCT hikers at our cabin at Echo Summit. We have made some incredible new friends. The hiking community is the best.
PCTA: What would you say to others who are considering volunteering?
You get more out of it than you give. It’s always an enriching and satisfying experience to volunteer. It’s fun, very flexible and you meet some great people. And you are VERY appreciated.
PCTA: Tell us a couple fun facts about yourself!
My favorite foods are pizza and cake frosting – but not at the same time. And when I was a child I loved to roller skate!
PCTA: Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I will never be a backpacker or long-distance hiker. I like my indoor plumbing and I don’t do well hiking uphill, but I still always enjoy the outdoors with my family.
Thank you, Peggy, for all you do for the PCTA!
If you are interested in volunteering for the PCTA, please fill out a volunteer application at pcta.org or contact us at [email protected].