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Earth Team Volunteers in Wisconsin

Bringing good people and good causes together is what the Earth Team can do.

Tom Moore is volunteering in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office in Madison, thanks to a volunteer program called Retired Senior Volunteer Program or RSVP.  This service matches volunteers, 55 and older, to places that share their knowledge, personal interests, experience, and energy. Tom retired from a successful career as a partner in a local CPA firm. He returned to the College of Agriculture and Life Science at the UW-Madison and earned his second degree in Rural Sociology.  As an Earth Team volunteer working on the Administrative staff, he has been able to put both of his degrees to work.

“I started with a one-time project that was supposed to last for one week, and I ended up staying for over 3 years!”, exclaimed Tom. “Tom is here helping every week”, says his supervisor Diane Georgetta, Financial Management Specialist.  “Tom’s work on the Business Tools Team, organizing and reviewing program payments for completeness and accuracy, has helped us meet payment deadlines keeping conservation payments flowing to the farmers”, explained Deb White, State Administrative Officer.

 “One of the things that we really appreciate about Tom is that he is willing to do whatever is needed to help us meet our mission of Helping People Help the Land. He helps to keep the office running smoothly. He does everything from filing to analyzing financial data with the same care and enthusiasm.  I love that he not only volunteers to do all types of tasks, but that he cares enough to suggest work-flow and process improvements along the way!”  says his supervisor Diane.

 The staff enjoys working with Tom.  It’s wonderful to have a retired accountant working in our office!  He shares his expertise and knowledge.  NRCS certainly appreciates the time and dedication of volunteers. We would like to extend a special “thank you” to Tom.

The Earth Team is the volunteer program of NRCS. For over 75 years, NRCS has assisted landowners in conserving natural resources on private lands.  This resource stewardship is a vital part of conservation. Volunteers play an important role in our offices. They expand our services by using their time, energy and talent to meet our agency needs. Volunteers take pride in their contributions and NRCS is grateful for their assistance to the agency. Volunteerism - bringing good people together for a good cause.