Bridging Our Political Divide Through Service in the Nonprofit Sector

Mar 23, 2017

Broadcast date: 3/23/2017

Everyone knows that volunteering is meant to improve and support our community by giving our time and energy to nonprofit agencies that provide much needed services. However, that’s not where the benefits stop. There are a multitude of personal and professional benefits one can gain from volunteering.

One benefit that involvement in non-profits can bring might not be as obvious. This year after an especially divisive election, when many people are feeling overwhelmed, and some victimized or demonized by the political discourse, non-profits can also be a place where people can find sanctuary and solidarity because they are required to be non-partisan to find solutions for the concerns we share in our community. They are a place where individuals throughout the political spectrum can get involved and come together as donors, board members or volunteers, to strengthen our shared community.

Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Lesley Santos Dierks, CEO of Spokes, a nonprofit organization that guides other nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals with support and expert resources, and two consummate volunteers, Dee Lacey, who has been a member of numerous boards, including the SLO Community Foundation, Cuesta College Foundation, and Paso Robles Library, among many others, and Ronald Helgerson, current Vice President with the Atascadero Kiwanis, and also on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County, as they discuss improving political discourse and mutual understanding through service in the nonprofit sector.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.