Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jeremy Wagner: Supporting Regional Charities

Name: Jeremy Wagner

What is your job? Full-time novelist

What social causes are most important to you? Preservation of our natural environment, fundamental human rights, health.

What charities do you support – and how? My wife and I currently support Save-A-Pet which is a local, no-kill shelter that promotes the humane treatment of animals and we also give to a local charity called Pioneer Center, which provides direct services to more than 2,500 individuals who are in need—including: the homeless, youth in need, disabled people, sexual assault victims and more. How do we help? We help by donating six-figures annually to these respective charities.

Why do you have a passion for these, is there a personal tie? First, with Save-A-Pet, I have a passion for animals and I’m concerned about animal welfare. Second, this particular charity and organization just happens to be local and they do amazing things, like complete operations for animals in their care...that hooks me. The same goes for the Pioneer Center which is 100% non-profit…they provide meaningful care for and support for people living in the most unfortunate circumstances. Pioneer Center brings value to their lives.
 
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Check out the web-links I provided and if you’re in the Chicagoland area, see if you want to donate or volunteer at these facilities.

How would you define social responsibility? Social responsibility requires the individual to step back from his or her place in this world and look at the entire scope of our society with an all-encompassing point-of-view. Doing so should give the individual a sense of responsibility toward other human beings and as a steward for this planet. As stewards, we work to identify the problems that plague our society and environment and then work toward identifying the root causes of these problems before finding solutions to fix the issues.

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