Volunteer Jam provides an outlet to thank non-staff volunteers and supporters who have rocked it big time during the past month, and who have gone above and beyond in generous support of the Rock the Earth cause. We want to sincerely thank each of you for giving so generously of your time, and applaud you for your contributions:
Alexandra Noel, Allison Kruk, Angela Friend, Brad Smith, Camille Marino, David Siegel, David Tinjaca, Dorka Suber, Elias Makrides, Ellen Jardine, Jennifer Tinjaca, Jessica Kent, Jonathan Landan, Jordyn Walker, Justin Spony, Kevin O’Donohue, Kristin Morray, Lorena Rovero, Mark Garzon, Monique Harmon, Rebecca Moreira, River Hooks, Rob Hillard, Robbie Skorge, Samuel Tinjaca, Sarina Gamache, Shannon Dale, Wendy Shear, Lisa Shara, Kelly Horan, Lara Pearson and Kyle Loving.
Volunteer Highlight: Axel Tomac
– Age: 25
– City: Highlands Ranch
– Volunteer since: 2012
– How did you first hear about Rock the Earth?
My brother was the one that initially got me in touch with Rock the Earth. He was doing volunteer work with them a few years back. My senior year at CU-Boulder I was looking for internships where I could make a difference in social and environmental issues. Rock the Earth was the perfect fit.
– What has been your most memorable moment with Rock the Earth?
My first summer as an intern I got the offer to join the road team with Rock the Earth. We toured across the country for six weeks with Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy. We also tabled a lot of smaller shows and festivals in between. We recruited many new members and reached a huge number of music fans. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. We met tons of cool people, traveled the country, and got to experience lots of awesome live music.
– What do you do when you are not volunteering with Rock the Earth?
If it’s winter then I know I am skiing. I’ve lived in Vail Valley for the past three years and have managed to ski 130+ days each season since living in the mountains. In the summer I am probably hiking a 14er [14,000 peak mountain], backpacking, or at a Red Rocks show!
– Who is you favorite band or musician / what is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Bassnectar! But don’t worry, I’m not entirely one-dimensional. I also love STS9, SCI, and most bluegrass.
– What environmental issue is most important to you in 2015?
Climate change. This past decade has been the hottest on record. This is obviously a global issue with far-reaching consequences. Locally, it would be a tragedy if future generations won’t be able to enjoy sports like skiing and snowboarding or even kayaking and rafting like we enjoy them today. Billions of dollars in Colorado’s economy are dependent on our winter snowpack and the run off that it produces every summer.
– You’re live in Colorado, so I have one last question for you: what’s your favorite Colorado microbrew?
My favorite would have to be Ellie’s Brown Ale from Avery Brewing in Boulder.