2019 Volunteers of the Year
Emma Ferrante and Gina Chen
Emma Ferrante and Gina Chen, both part of a dedicated team of volunteers and interns at Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium, have demonstrated continual support for Save The Bay, contributing more hours than any current volunteer or intern.
Ferrante, a senior studying marine biology at the University of Rhode Island, has interned with Save The Bay since the start of her college career. As both a highly skilled aquarist and dedicated Save The Bay member, Ferrante trains new interns and volunteers while ensuring care for marine specimens. Ferrante’s organization of her fellow students in International Coastal Cleanup events highlights her leadership skills and commitment to protect Narragansett Bay.
Chen, a social worker at the Salvation Army’s Newport, R.I., Corps and a dedicated Save The Bay volunteer, is committed to community engagement through both social and environmental justice issues. Chen began volunteering at the Exploration Center in 2015 and continues to inspire, educate and inform new members and guests, ensuring a memorable experience for all visitors. Taking on additional responsibilities and training, Chen is an extremely reliable and devoted volunteer.