How to find ways to volunteer

The Porter Family

In the world today, it can be difficult finding time to volunteer. But when you intermingle giving back to your community with something you’re passionate about, volunteering instantly becomes rewarding and fun!

That’s exactly what Dr. Andrea Poulson-Port, a family medicine physician at Aurora Health Center in Manitowoc, Wis., did when she and her husband moved to the area about seven years ago.

“It started with a colleague referring us to the hiking trails at the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve and evolved into a more active role at the nature preserve after our son was born,” says Dr. Poulson-Port. “We wanted to share our love of nature with our children, too.”

In addition to using the hiking trails and being official members of the Woodland Dunes, Dr. Poulson-Port and her family enjoy the various events offered at the nature center, such as the Raising a Wild Child Preschool Program, Snoga at the Dunes and Candlelight Night.

“The educational coordinator is amazing at planning and is great with little kids,” says Dr. Poulson-Port. “Many of the events teach families that, no matter what kind of day you’re having or what the weather looks like, you can make the most of it.”

But where should you start?

With all the volunteering opportunities out there, it can be difficult and overwhelming to find ways to get involved.

“One of the best ways for people to get started with volunteering somewhere is to find something they’re passionate about and go from there,” Dr. Poulson-Port says. “Friends, family, colleagues, Facebook events and even the library are fantastic resources and can provide great ideas for volunteering opportunities.”

To find out how you can get started volunteering with Advocate Health Care, check out our many volunteering opportunities.