This is part of a series of “Why I Give” interviews intended to demonstrate that we all have a cause that speaks to us and, no matter what we have, we can find some way to contribute. In the world of nonprofits, while monetary support is always needed, they also need our time and energy.
It’s also important to see the diversity in how people choose to give back, so I am hopeful that these first-person stories introduce you to opportunities you didn’t know existed and connect you to new concepts, new nonprofits, and wonderful new people.
It just takes one small action to have a ripple effect, and I want to make waves.
Meet Rita Fridman
Rita is a professional wanderer and part-time blogger. She created her blog Rita Wanderlust to share her travel experiences and connect with other like-minded wanderers on levels she, otherwise, would not be able to reach.
Rita’s Story Of Giving
Who do you support?
I support PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society). PAWS website explains that “since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families, cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through advocacy and education.”
Why do you support PAWS?
I started volunteering here because my life was lacking something. I don’t know that volunteering has filled that hole, but it certainly has helped me feel useful in a way I never did before.
Since I have always been a lover of animals and shy of being able to adopt every single dog and cat out there, I had to find other ways to make a difference. PAWS is a combination of shelter and wildlife rehab. So you can volunteer year round and never get bored or overwhelmed by just doing one thing.
PAWS is well known for their rescue efforts and I felt comfortable knowing that my volunteering here would make a difference in the lives of animals.
How do you support PAWS?
I volunteer in the baby bird nursery. I feel the baby birds and help nurse them back to health.
How do you hope to make a difference through your support of PAWS?
I feel that that PAWS has helped rehabilitate so many animals that it has a reputation to uphold and I am proud to be part of that effort. It has so many branches and areas of expertise that I would like to explore all of them from feeding baby squirrels to walking dogs, to getting cats adopted at Cat City.
I know I make a difference in the lives of these animals. Just seeing that one baby bird I helped nurse back to health has been released gives me a huge sense of relief.
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