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Welcome to our new Volunteer Services Manager, Carol Laughlin

Carol Laughlin

Carol comes to SFBGS with impressive experience in volunteer management and event planning, and a love of working with volunteers, serving as a volunteer and gardening. Most recently, she was Special Projects Manager for Hands On Bay Area, where she redesigned the organization's "Hands at Work" core program to develop and manage corporate volunteer programs, and designed and led large 9/11 and environmental restoration projects that required her to manage every aspect from developing new partnerships with agencies, corporations and nonprofits, to media relations. She served as San Francisco Community Engagement Manager for Jumpstart for Young Children (a national early literacy nonprofit), where she developed, managed and grew the organization's local programs to better reflect the city's diverse demographics. In these positions, Carol developed working relationships with many local agencies including the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, created a network of local recruitment sources, and developed strategies to train, inspire and retain volunteers.


Welcome to our new Assistant Librarian, Lia Thomas

Lia Thomas

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is pleased to welcome Assistant Librarian Lia Thomas. Lia has been a college instructor and librarian in the Bay Area for several years, and up until recently was a regular garden contributor for the blog, Design*Sponge. She is eager to help the Library expand its services, including restoring public services to six days a week for the first time in nearly two years. Lia's first task is to initiate plans to start circulating the Library's over 1,600 book children's collection to local educators and member families. This marks a move towards expanded children's services and events in the Helen Crocker Russell Library.


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