Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee
Volunteer of the Month

Serbata Tarrer

“What surprised me is how social it is; I meet new people all the time.”

By - Nov 6th, 2013 11:49 am
Serbata Tarrer

Serbata Tarrer

I originally decided because I needed something to do rather than wasting my time at home, eyes glued to a screen. But as time passed, I started volunteering more frequently. What made me stick was the fact that I was helping people and making them smile which, in turn, helped me personally.

Describe the organization where you volunteer.

I volunteer at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park, an organization dedicated to ecological education and protecting nature.

What help do you provide?

I help out with various projects such as the Ecology Center’s after school club, The Young Scientist Club and building maintenance. I assist anyone who needs help.

What surprised you the most about volunteering?

What surprised me is how social volunteering is; I meet new people all the time and gain new opportunities.

At the Urban Ecology Center.

At the Urban Ecology Center.

When you think about your paid jobs, how is a volunteering different?

To me, it’s similar in that it’s just as important as a real job, yet it’s different because I’m volunteering only because I want to help people, not because I’m seeking financial gain.

I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about nature, and I can identify types of plants and trees.

Has it changed your world view in any way?

It has. For example, I now know there are things we do every day by habit that hurt the environment.

Has volunteering had any benefits for you?

I have become more social and interaction with other people has become easier.

Strawberry picking at the Urban Ecology Center.

Strawberry picking at the Urban Ecology Center.

What are your proudest of accomplishing as a volunteer?

I am proudest of how other people feel after I’ve helped them out.

Would you recommend volunteering to others?

Definitely. It’s a great experience, and it keeps you active. It really helps when you’re out in the world.

To learn more the Urban Ecology Center, go to http://urbanecologycenter.org.  To find additional volunteer opportunities in our community, go to www.volunteermilwaukee.org, a Service of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.

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