Following a move back to West Michigan from North Carolina, Mark Becker enrolled at Davenport University to earn a Sustainability Development Certificate. Becker was looking for an environmental nonprofit for which to volunteer and remembered the great time he and a friend had a few years ago with WMEAC distributing local food guides; since he now lives in Eastown, he signed up to volunteer with us again.
In addition to helping out in the office and constructing rain barrels, Becker has also lent a hand with WMEAC’s river clean ups. Taking steps to preserve the environment is a no-brainer for Becker, who has a lot of experience in the Midwest great outdoors. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my father camping, hiking, and canoeing all over Michigan and Northern Minnesota. So, I grew to respect the environment and want future generations to enjoy it like I did,” says Becker, who adds that he is happy to help out with WMEAC’s mission to educate the community on how they can do their part to protect natural resources. “There are many different opportunities to volunteer with WMEAC,” says Becker. “If you don’t like getting your hands dirty cleaning up the Grand River, you can help out in the office, or join one of the committees that meet weekly or monthly.”
When he isn’t donning gloves to clean up the river or creating rain barrels to manage stormwater, Becker enjoys photography, painting, hiking, biking and “anything that involves coffee.”