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