Volunteer Spotlight: Meredith Cherry

WSFF Volunteer Spotlight: Meredith Cherry

In November, SYRCL launched online registration for nearly 900 volunteer shifts to support the 21st annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival (February 16-20th, 2023). Every year, we rely on our team of volunteers to make this festival – SYRCL’s largest fundraiser – a success. There are so many ways to get involved at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and take action for our planet. We are still seeking lots of additional support, with available shifts in nearly all roles. Check out more information about the role descriptions and find a link to sign-up here

One of SYRCL’s loyal volunteers, Meredith Cherry, shared a little bit of information with Maddie Davis, SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager, about what inspires her work with the film fest. 

When did you move to the area, and when did you start volunteering for SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival?
I moved to the area in 2013, nearly 10 years ago. I started volunteering with Wild & Scenic and SYRCL around 2 or 3 years later, in 2015. I have been a River Monitor and Film Fest Volunteer!

What do you love about the Yuba River?
It’s such an important part of this community; keeping it clean and healthy is essential. As I’m a River Mermaid, a big part of mermaid culture is dedicated to protecting the waters.

Follow Meredith on Instagram @yubamermaid

What inspires you to volunteer for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival?
I adore the film festival, there’s just something special about the energy while it takes place – I smile the whole weekend and leave feeling so fulfilled. I just love being a part of it. Of course, watching the films is fantastic too, but being a part of something with such a positive vibe means a lot to me.

What are some of your favorite Wild & Scenic Films that you’ve seen in previous years?
Unbranded (2016 Official Selection) is one of my favorites. Shortly after I watched the film, I ended up riding my horse across the county as well! So inspiring. Also, Sonic Sea (2016 John De Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award + 2016 Jury Award Winner) was incredibly eye-opening.

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Thank you, Meredith, for your years of service to SYRCL, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and the Yuba River Watershed!

If you would like to be involved with SYRCL and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival like Meredith, find out about all of our opportunities HERE.

Become a Volunteer Today by Signing Up for a Wild & Scenic Film Festival Shift!

SYRCL is recruiting volunteers to help fill nearly 900 shifts to support the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, February 16-20, 2023.  You can join one of our fun film fest teams and help spread the word about environmental activism by signing up to support. Get involved today! Check out all of the available shifts on our sign-up page

Reach out to Maddie Davis, Community Engagement Manager, at maddie@yubariver.org, or 530-265-5961 x 201 if you have any questions.


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