Vanessa Colegio

Vanessa Colegio

Friday, 12 July 2019 20:33

I survived 4th of July!

For weeks we had been preparing the commemoration for the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! This year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall was like no other! It featured music, flyovers, fireworks, and President Donald J. Trump “Salute to America.” In this case, volunteers played a vital role when it comes to manning down the fort. Working for the partnerships division as a volunteer recruiter I have an extremely important task to fulfill. In preparation leading up to the event, I had to take part in working out the logistics with the Incident Command Team. Several blast emails were sent to all of our NPS volunteers (VIPs) about participating at various locations that were a priority in order to make this extravagant event successful.

I was pleased to see the tremendous amount of responses from the VIPs that were willing to partake in such a day. I started to gather their information and created a spreadsheet with the various locations, shifts, and listed them in the order of priority. Being that this year the President of the United States would address the public the security measures taken were just as expected. There were many details involved such as having specific access points in which it was the only way the public could set foot on that National Mall, various law enforcement agencies were involved in order to secure the area, and information that was out of our hands was finalized at the last minute which was a bit stressful.

The day we had been waiting for was finally here! I was anxious to see how my hard work paid off. I gathered my group of volunteers for a briefing before they were sent off to their locations. I informed them the protocol we were following, as well as any last minute changes but overall to stay safe and enjoy the event.

The amount of people who attended was mind blowing and we still managed to have a great turnout. There were so many moving parts but each of us handled them with both pride and distinction. We identified the issues and interests that will help to facilitate future July 4th events at NAMA. Our team’s efforts represented the highest standards of the National Park Service and the gratitude of all who were present. What an honor it was to serve with such a wonderful team during the 4th of July event.

National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) was officially established in 1965, it contains more than 1,000 acres of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The National Mall is America's front yard, featuring the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more. The areas within NAMA provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the nation’s veterans and military history; as well as exposure to American history and culture. It is a privilege for me to be working on such historic grounds where I can see the diversity of people who visit the park daily.

NAMA contains more than 80 historic structures and over 150 major named historic parks, squares, circles and triangles. Park resources include the 2,000 American elms which line the Mall and the 3,000 internationally-renowned Japanese cherry trees along the Tidal Basin. These natural and cultural resources have made our Nation's Capital one of the more heavily visited and photographed places in the world. Approximately 25 million people visit each year to experience this unique collection of structures and spaces. They take advantage of interpretive programming presented by Park Rangers, park exhibits, publications, orientation services, and panoramic views. A walk through the heart of the nation’s capital brings visitors face to face with presidents and visionaries, open park lands, and elaborate memorials. NAMA continues to evolve as Americans seek new ways to recognize our heritage.

Friday, 21 June 2019 19:41

Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

Bienvenidos,

My name is Vanessa Colegio and this summer I will be serving as an intern with the National Park Service coordinating volunteer outreach and recruitment.

I was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Laredo, Texas. For those of you who may not be familiar, Laredo is located in South Texas, which is border town with Mexico. I am proud to say that I am a recent first generation graduate from Texas A&M International University in Laredo where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. During my time at TAMIU I was fortunate enough to work at my university, while at the same time pursuing my degree. I worked for the Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement where I gained knowledgeable skills such as coordinating volunteer events, recruiting individuals, keeping record of service hours, submitting individual service hours of those who are eligible to earn the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. These and much more acquired skills are beneficial for my current internship position. I also worked as a Parent and Family Orientation Leader for various summers where I introduced freshman and transfer students into their new “University” life. Being an international I was lucky enough to meet students and parents from all over the world who came to TAMIU to further their education, this is what makes my university pretty unique.

My primary focus during my internship with NPS is to recruit volunteers with diverse backgrounds targeting Latinos and individuals who are multilingual. My goal is to introduce these individuals to the life of service by giving back to the community, at the same time helping us beautify the parks which are visited by tourists all year around!

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with you all during my time in D.C.

Stay tuned for more blogs!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:50

Vanessa Colegio

My name is Vanessa Colegio and as of this summer, I will be a Volunteer Outreach & Recruitment Intern for The National Mall & Memorial Parks. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Laredo, Texas has given me the opportunity to see the best of both worlds. I am extremely proud to say that I am a first generation Hispanic student and recent graduate from Texas A&M International University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology. I am grateful for the numerous job and extra-curricular activities TAMIU has granted me which have further developed my leadership skills and have created the young professional that I am today. Some of my hobbies include dancing, cooking, traveling and socializing with others.