Taking advice from others and driven by a desire to maintain her skillset, Kay approached volunteering after retirement with careful consideration. She chose Tyler as her exclusive volunteering commitment, allocating three to four hours weekly to tasks within the Development Department. She began with stuffing envelopes but quickly moved on to contribute wherever she was needed.
“I will do anything,” she says. “Whatever way I can help makes me feel good.”
Kay’s deliberate choice to work in an office setting highlights the importance of diverse volunteer roles, recognizing that office volunteers are just as crucial as horticulture volunteers in sustaining the operations of Tyler Arboretum.
Finding Balance Post-Retirement
Beyond her volunteer work, Kay finds joy in traveling, walking, reading, playtime with Rosa (rescue dog), and undertaking home projects. Currently documenting and digitizing old family photos, she plans to extend this project to her daughters’ childhood artwork. Hawaii holds a special place in her heart, and she and her husband recently returned from a trip in early December.
Kay Falkow exemplifies the spirit of service and dedication to the community that makes Tyler Arboretum thrive. Her story is a testament to the diverse ways volunteers contribute, not only through physical outdoor work but also through crucial behind-the-scenes roles. We are grateful for volunteers like Kay, whose passion and skills make a lasting impact on the success of Tyler Arboretum.