Pam Nelson has been a volunteer with the Weber/Morgan RSVP program for the past 16 years, but has volunteered at the Ogden Nature Center for over two decades. She has served over 2,500 lifetime hours at the center helping with office work, mailing and distribution, preparing supplies for education programs, and anything else that is put on her plate. The Ogden Nature Center leans on volunteers to be able to go above and beyond, and Pam has led the charge for a long time. Pam’s commitment to supporting the Nature Center goes well beyond her extensive volunteering history however. She plays a fundamental role in building community and making lasting relationships. She does this through her unmatched ability to make people smile. Pam goes out of her way to help staff, volunteers and visitors feel cared for and welcomed. She is passionate about thanking others for their work, and loves giving thoughtful gifts. In 2021, the Ogden Nature center recognized Pam with their Volunteer of the Year Award, but no amount of thank-you’s can cover the amount of time, work, and love Pam has given back.
Pam is always bubbly and happy. She has such a love for volunteering. When the RSVP program asked her why she volunteers, she said, “Because service is a way of life, it makes me happy to help other people and to be out with other people.” Pam grew up in Ogden Utah with three brothers. She is the 2nd oldest of her four siblings. While growing up some of her favorite things to do were Hawaiian dancing, playing the ukulele, reading and being a girl scout. Some of her hobbies are to collect stick pens, antique post cards and valentine cards. Pam is an amazing volunteer and has such a love of serving others.
The AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program pairs thousands of Americans aged 55 and older with organizations making change in communities across the country.
AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who serve in our RSVP program choose how, where, and when they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. You can find an opportunity with any of the thousands of organizations we work with that see service as a solution to local, regional, and national challenges. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community.
Interested in serving? Check out open opportunities with Weber Human Services here, or explore opportunities nationwide at americorps.gov/serve/americorps-seniors.