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Katie Dix

Katie Dix

Katie Dix

Volunteer Program Manager
Blue Water Baltimore

Whether working at Blue Water Baltimore or giving her time to several local organizations, Katie Dix believes there is power in working alongside someone. “When you plant 100 trees, clean a stream or build a greenhouse, not only do you feel an ownership of the project, but a connection to people that also put in the sweat,” she said. “You don’t just walk away from it. All of the things I do are community oriented and I am thankful to lead teams of volunteers.”

As volunteer program manager for the nonprofit, she recruits, trains and manages volunteers and programs to enable the organization to work toward its mission for clean water in Baltimore’s streams and harbor.

Many days, Dix comes home exhausted, covered in dirt and sweat but she doesn’t mind. “It’s always been easy for me to work for things that I know are right, work that needs to be done, and I honestly believe that this work is urgent and pressing and we need to be making some big moves in a very serious way,” she said. “I feel like as soon as I am around volunteers I just get instant energy. Everybody is working toward the same mission. People come at it (for different reasons but) … everybody is working toward this goal of creating a more humane metropolis for ourselves and our neighbors.”

The University of Maryland Baltimore County grad has given more than 1,500 hours since 2011 as a Baltimore City Master Gardener, with duties focused on mobilizing the membership base by getting them to contribute hours and examining projects to help benefit the area.

Dix is also a coach for Girls on the Run Greater Chesapeake, an after-school youth development program for girls between third and eighth grade. “The girls are amazing,” she said. “There is something really special about being in a group full of women, period. But when you have these younger women that want to connect with you because you are not their mother or you’re not their teacher, you feel like they can talk to you about those greater issues.”