October Volunteer Spotlight

Learn more about one of our wonderful volunteers, Jill Feldman, below!

Originally from Milwaukee, Jill Feldman has called Medford home for the last two years. After retiring in 2021, she moved to Medford to be closer to her son and grandson. Before retiring, Jill worked in the social work field where she practiced clinical social work, program development, and advocacy for women veterans. Within the first six months of moving to Medford, Jill began volunteering with Friends of the Fells (FOF) to get outside, learn more about the Fells, and meet new people.

Jill is an outreach and tabling volunteer with FOF. Her friendly, kind demeanor draws in guests of all ages to learn more about the Friends and the work we do in the Fells. She loves interacting with community members and meeting new people, especially the kids who visit the FOF table to make nature journals. “Kids just really love [making nature journals] and that, to me, is delightful,” Jill says.

In addition to volunteering with Friends of the Fells, Jill is also an active volunteer with the environmental activist organization Mothers Out Front. She works with their Healthy Soils Advocacy group to educate the public on the importance of healthy soils for sustainable food production and ecosystems.

When hiking in the Fells, Jill enjoys taking her time and absorbing her surroundings and all the beautiful scenery of the Fells. One of her favorite spots is the area between the north and middle reservoirs. Jill comments that this area is “so pretty, and you don’t expect it … it feels like you are out in the wilderness somewhere.”

To anyone interested in volunteering at outreach events, Jill says that tabling at markets and fairs is a “really wonderful place to meet people, people that will have some of your same interests and values.”

Thank you so much for all of your help, Jill!

If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities, read about our volunteer program here or check out our calendar here.