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Volunteer Week: Human Interest

This may seem to cross over with Health, and it often does, but these are items that are not necessarily related to physical health. Under human interest I am including things such as education, poverty, disaster recovery, equality, faith and spirituality and similar life experience issues that do not directly affect physical health.

Education is a very important area and it is easy to forget the numbers of volunteers that do make time, and the many hours needed, to supplement the paid employees in the education field. Helping out school administration and teachers there are all those that volunteer their time including booster club and PTA members, school board members, even the crossing guards who get your children to school safely. Even though on the surface they can appear to be recreational activities, I would also include people like scouting groups and little league leaders and coaches as educational volunteers since a big part of their purpose is also to educate children on life skills and manners while recreating. Mentoring and tutoring is another way to get involved as a volunteer in the area of education, even teenagers can get involved early on here as tutors for their peers in subjects they excel at.

Battling and caring for those affected by poverty and food security, whether local or global, is a huge piece of the human interest puzzle. Volunteers run food pantries and food delivery services, run resale shops that return the profits to the community.

Disaster recovery, with all the natural (and some man-made) disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes recently, has been prominent in the news. In many ways it mirrors poverty activism, after the shock is over and the community starts to recover especially. But immediately following disasters volunteers help search for victims, and later search for bodies of those that can’t be saved. health care is needed and the people that mobilize are most often volunteers. The basic standards of living from food and water to shelter are needed and some offer out space in their homes to those displaced.

Human rights and equality are very important pieces of the human interest area. Volunteers and activists seek equal treatment of all humankind regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or economic status. They help promote laws that will ensure said equality, report injustices, rally and educate for understanding of other people.

There are also many ways to offer your time in organizations related to faith and spirituality. Your place of worship offers many outlets for your skills and experiences including assisting in mass, playing music or singing, fundraising, counseling. They may also call for missionaries to spread the word here or abroad and religious organizations often lead the way in other volunteer areas of human interest, health, and even environment.

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About K9vin

I have been a volunteer for the humane treatment of animals in the Milwaukee area for 10 years as well as our parks system including founding the friends group for off-leash dog parks and a volunteer for The Park People. I was born in and raised near Milwaukee and have pride in the city. I want to be one of the people always striving to make Milwaukee better, starting with getting other men involved in their community.

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