2015 Year in Review: Raina Krasner, Outreach Coordinator

It’s time to look back on 2015! Check our blog between Christmas and New Year’s for a variety of stories and memories of 2015 from the staff and volunteers of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

By now, hopefully you have watched the Wildlife Center’s year-end video (if you haven’t, you should definitely check it out!) The video was made to say a big thank you to all of our supporters, and to show them what all of their time, money, and moral support made possible in 2015. The outreach department worked on collecting photos and footage of the staff and patients, trying our best to capture the huge impact we had on wildlife this year, all because of you!

Creating this video made two things very clear to me; the Wildlife Center has done some amazing things this year, all because of our equally amazing donors, and I have some pretty wonderful co-workers.

This year, because of our donors, the Wildlife Center helped more than 2,300 patients. We prepared thousands of meals out of thousands of pounds of food – paid for or, in some cases, collected by our donors. Our veterinary staff conducted important research about wildlife that will help animals here in Virginia and beyond. Dozens of students gained hands-on experience with wildlife, and tens-of-thousands of people were educated through both live and online outreach programs. We managed a team of 25 education animals and a staff of 21, and we kept the electricity on for 365 days (well, except for that one day, but that was totally not our fault!) Even the year end video itself was primarily filmed using a camera donated to us earlier this year.

All of that was possible because our community (local, national, and international) believed in our mission enough to fund our work. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of an organization that garners such respect and trust from its supporters.

Likewise, I feel very proud to work with such a lovely group of dedicated people. Everyone works his or her hardest each day to make sure the Center is running smoothly, whether it’s processing donations, answering phone calls, caring for animals or maintaining the grounds.

That being said, put almost any one of my co-workers in front of a camera, and he or she instantly becomes one of the most awkward people on the planet – myself included. I understand how completely unnatural it is to have someone film you while you are working or reciting a scripted line. And while most people felt awkward or reluctant about being on film, no one made my job harder by shying away or avoiding the camera. Everyone was more than willing to stand in the spotlight for a few minutes, all because they truly wanted to thank our supporters. They were excited (if a bit nervous) to share our work and let our community know how it helped to save wild lives.

The REAL video turned out great (thank goodness for good editing software!) … but for fun, here are some of our bloopers.

What a wonderful way to end the year – working on a project that reminds you that you’re surrounded by a remarkable group of people working towards a common goal of helping wildlife. Happy New Year!


Keep checking the Wildlife Center's blog for more year-end posts this week!