GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Blandford Nature Center)--- Volunteers are usually front-and-center at Blandford. You see them leading school tours, clearing trails, removing invasive plants, caring for animals, and greeting visitors during special events like the Sugarbush.
But other volunteers work behind the scenes. One of the Blandford Nature Center's key unsung heroes is Joe Schmidt.
Joe is Blandford’s jack-of-all-trades, do-it-yourself super volunteer handyman. Without fanfare, the 72-year-old retiree spends one to two full days a week at Blandford tackling an amazing variety of complex repairs and renovations that are easy to overlook. Maintenance staff member Martin Ferrone says Joe is the “muscle and brains” behind many recent renovation projects.
"We simply convey project needs and Joe quickly turns to skilled solutions. Joe can fix anything right on the spot, and wham!