By Nicholas Sakelaris | CoServ
A monarch butterfly dances around a blue mistflower at Corinth Community Park at high noon in July. The plant is a magnet for butterflies and it’s not there by accident – Keep Corinth Beautiful [KCB} Board Member Linda Barker is a master gardener and purposely picked plants for the butterfly garden that attract pollinators.
But KCB’s volunteers couldn’t do all the work needed for the garden alone. They needed an army of volunteers who could swoop in and get dirty.
Luckily, she recruited more than a dozen CoServ Employees and others from the Corinth community who were eager to volunteer. About a month before the tiger swallowtail butterfly was spotted, CoServ volunteers showed up early one morning to get their assignments.
Most hammered in borders around the garden to keep weeds out. Others unloaded logs from a truck and cut them into smaller pieces that could be stood up to further define the garden’s border.
All are just glad to be back out in the community volunteering again. For months, CoServ Employees weren’t able to volunteer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That restriction was lightened earlier this year, freeing Employees to find causes they’re passionate about.
“How can that not make your heart feel good to know that we have so many caring people in our company who want to give back to others and our communities?” said Jennifer Ebert, Community Relations Specialist for CoServ.
The butterfly garden is located in an open field south of the baseball fields. While the work is ongoing to grow the garden, butterflies are already coming to enjoy the sweet flowers.
“Keep Corinth Beautiful is honored to have the support and involvement from CoServ and their wonderful staff,” said Amanda Scallon, Chairman of the KCB Board.