|Jim Welch, with son James and Darla the Dog|
Jim joined the Division of Solid Waste Services about 15 years ago as a volunteer. An enthusiastic recycler at home, it was second-nature for him to share his knowledge with residents at local events. When he spoke of composting, he proudly shared stories about the rich soil he had patiently developed in his own garden. When the opportunity came, he accepted the position of volunteer program manager.
After several years with the volunteer program, Jim moved his outreach experience into another role within the Division, becoming part of the Collections Field Staff team. With his strong recycling education experience, and skills from a previous retail job, Jim kept his customers—residents receiving County-provided recycling and trash collection in his assigned neighborhoods—at the fore. His goal was to make things right for them.
He was constantly finding the best side of what he encountered! Above all, Jim was kind to everyone and anything that crossed his path.
Jim loved the environment, advocating for its health, and marveling in its beauty. He enjoyed traveling with his family to experience nature in near and in far-flung places.
One of those near places was right outside his house door. Every year, he’d purchase a live Christmas tree. After the holiday, he planted the tree outside. Twenty-five trees later, he’s got quite a stand out there!
|Two of Jim's twenty five Christmas trees|