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VolunteerFEST Brings Hundreds to View More than 50 Volunteer Opportunities

MENASHA, Wis. - This time of year is often called the season of giving and Volunteer Fox Cities gave the community the chance to see how they can give back this holiday season by volunteering their time.

Volunteer opportunities continue to grow in the Fox Cities and giving Tuesday was the perfect time to put them on display, right after Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Many looking to donate their time are no strangers to volunteering.

"I used to do quite a bit years ago and got busy raising a family and helping my children with the grandchildren and as everybody’s getting a little bit older I’m not needed so much so I thought I would go back to doing some volunteering," says Sandy Huss.

Organizations like Wisconsibs specialize in helping those with developmental disabilities and are on the look out for as many volunteers as they can get.

"Our organization has lots of volunteer opportunities from board of directors, to putting together items for kids and adults who have brothers and sisters with disabilities," says Harriet Redman.

Non-profits like Beaming use animals like therapy horse Sparkles, to provide therapy to veterans, at-risk youth and children who need an extra boost of confidence.

"We make sure at Beaming that they grow with the animal, they take care of the animals, they brush them, they give them water, give them hay," says Katie Samuelson with Beaming.

The amount of individuals they serve is dependent on their volunteers.

"Each person that comes out and rides at our facility would require three volunteers per person, so we take we need to have about 15 volunteers per session," says Samuelson.

But on this Giving Tuesday people were looking to give back whatever that may mean.

"They had opportunities that I had never really thought about, so there’s some new ones I can take a look at and investigate and just look to find where I fit in," says Huss.


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