Vol­un­teer or men­tor

Milwaukee Health - - PERSPECTIVE -

If you can’t give by trea­sure, give with time and tal­ent. You won’t be alone; the Mil­wau­kee re­gion’s vol­un­teer rate is 33.2 per­cent, or more than 381,800 peo­ple. Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity re­searchers found that adults who vol­un­teered reg­u­larly were less likely to de­velop high blood pres­sure, low­er­ing risk for heart at­tack, stroke and pre­ma­ture death. Log on to the Non­profit Cen­ter of Mil­wau­kee’s Vol­un­teer

Mil­wau­kee.org to find your best vol­un­teer­ing fit, or use your skills to help oth­ers de­velop theirs through men­tor­ship pro­grams such as at Startup Mil­wau­kee, Mil­wau­kee Artists Re­source Net­work, Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters or Op­er­a­tion DREAM. “The health ben­e­fit to men­tor­ship is it makes me en­gaged in my work. I have job sat­is­fac­tion, it pre­vents burnout, it gives me pur­pose day to day,” says Noah Franz, oper­a­tions man­ager with Froedtert Hos­pi­tal In­pa­tient Phar­macy and men­tor for Project SEARCH, an em­ploy­ment train­ing tran­si­tion pro­gram for adults with dis­abil­i­ties. “It’s not go­ing to make you stronger, it’s not go­ing to make you thin­ner, but it’s so re­ward­ing.”

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