VIP Features

 Volunteers-In-Parks, or VIPs, play an invaluable role at the C&O Canal doing a variety of jobs and contributing over 70,000 hours of service a year to the park. At the C&O Canal each volunteer has his/her own story as to why they volunteer.  The featured individuals below are proud volunteers of the C&O canal and agreed to share some of their stories volunteering at the park. Click on the names below to view the full interview.

 

  • Tim Thomas

    Tim Thomas has been active with the Cumberland Bike Patrol since 2000, logging close to 800 patrol hours. Tim arranged for free CPR training for the Bike Patrol for many years through the LaVale Volunteer Rescue Squad and presented weather safety and preparedness training for the group. Each year Tim assists with the Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac River Clean-up at Candoc, last year serving as the site leader. After retiring from 36 years with the Allegany County 911 Joint Communications Center, Tim now works part-time with our partner agency, Allegany County Tourism, at the Cumberland Visitor Center. Read More…

  • Charlie Morton

    Charlie Morton, an Interpretive Volunteer at the Williamsport and Hancock Visitor Centers, is one of the C&O Canal’s very dedicated volunteers. Charlie joined the park in 2007 and has logged an average of 700 service hours per year.  He was awarded the Master Ranger Corps badge for his dedication to the park.  Charlie agreed to meet for a short interview to share his experience at the C&O Canal. Read More…

  • Mike Barnhardt

    Mike Barnhardt, an Interpretive Volunteer at the Williamsport Visitor Center, is a very accomplished volunteer and retired ranger. In Mike’s 33 year-long career with the Park Service, he worked as lands manager at the C&O Canal, he served as chief ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, he worked at the Preauthorization Lands Office in DC, he was an investigator for environmental crimes in DC, and was a law enforcement ranger at Catoctin Mountaint Park.  Read More…

  • Cheri Yost

    Cheri Yost was named Volunteer of the Year for the Western District of the park in 2012. Cheri has been a volunteer with the park for two years and during that time she has accomplished much! Cheri helped get the new Trails & Rails program on board the Capitol Limited in 2012. Cheri edited and organized the resource guide for the program, trained volunteers, completed several trial runs and guided the program through a successful first season.  Read More…