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Volunteerism in Milwaukee Focus of MPTV Special

October 6, 2009


Volunteerism in Milwaukee Focus of MPTV Special

WED., OCT. 7 / 7:00 PM on 10.1 HD
SAT., OCT. 10 / 11:00 AM on 36.1
SUN., OCT. 11 / 10:00 PM on 36.1

In Service to Milwaukee
"Town Hall Special"

There's a renewed spirit in America and the Milwaukee area for neighbors helping neighbors. The President has echoed John F. Kennedy's 1961 call for community service. Here in Milwaukee, the need for compassionate neighbors is great. Community outreach organizations are relying heavily on volunteer help during the recession.

MPTV Host & Producer Mark Siegrist and members of Milwaukee's non-profit and faith communities engage in thoughtful discussion of the opportunities, the need, and the impact of volunteerism in Greater Milwaukee. This MPTV Town Hall gathering was taped at the Hillside Terrace Resource Center near 7th and Cherry, August 18, 2009. The 60-minute special In Service to Milwaukee premieres at 7 p.m., October 7th, on MPTV-10.1. The program will be repeated on MPTV-36.1, at 11 a.m., October 10th, and at 10 p.m., October 11th.

Among those participating in the discussion will be Ricardo Diaz, executive director of the United Community Center; Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force, Inc.; Br. Bob Smith, OFM Cap., president of Messmer Catholic Schools; Bonnie Andrews, manager of the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee; Janan Najeeb, director of the Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition; Ann Wilson, manager of the Hillside Terrace Resource Center; Katie Kowalski, volunteer coordinator for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity; Eddy Magnus, volunteer recruiter for Interfaith Older Adult Programs; LaNelle Ramey, northwest area director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; and Donna Gazzana, director of Outreach Ministries for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Video profiles of volunteer efforts involving affordable housing construction, a downtown community meal programs, and high school age mentors, will also be included in the program.

Raul Galvan is the executive producer & director for In Service to Milwaukee. Cindy Van Vreede is the coordinating producer.

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