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UU Service to Discuss the Difficulties and Benefits in Volunteerism

By Jon Sievert


Longtime social activist attorney William Dalsimer and Jennifer Butz, an international consultant on good governance and environmental justice, examine the challenges and benefits of volunteerism at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

Dalsimer will trace the history of volunteerism in America, examine why UUs are so actively drawn to it, discuss his early heroes like Albert Schweitzer, and speak about the benefits and dangers of service. He considers volunteerism a revolutionary act, in which one fights for social justice; an act of love and compassion; and a tool of empowerment within a community. Researchers have shown that volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, depression, and anxiety and provides a sense of purpose and pride.

Dalsimer and Butz are both life-long UUs who volunteered as children and have made it an integral part of their lives since. Dalsimer joined the Peace Corps upon graduation from college in 1962 and taught English in the Ivory Coast of West Africa. Following graduation from the New York University School of Law, he entered practice in a federally funded program providing legal services in the South Bronx. He later directed a legal office of Mobilization for Youth on New York’s Lower East Side and for many years designed union-sponsored legal benefit plans and directed law offices providing legal coverage for working men, women, and families.

Dalsimer currently divides his time between New York and San Miguel de Allende and considers both places his home. His volunteerism in San Miguel has included teaching English with a Feed the Hungry project in a rural school and hosting annual gatherings for returned Peace Corps volunteers living, visiting, or currently working in México. He also serves on the UUFSMA Sunday Service Committee, the Social Action Committee, and its board of directors.

In her wide-ranging career, Jennifer has led, designed, and worked on development projects focused on strengthening civil society, building constructive relationships among local governments and citizens, and promoting rural and local economic development. She has been a volunteer for multiple San Miguel organizations and currently spends much of her time deeply involved in the creation and operation of Caminamos Juntos, which provides guidance and support to help Mexican nationals deported from the US successfully adjust to life in México.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our children’s Sunday program, contact us at Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at


UU Service

“Volunteerism: Its Challenges and Benefits”

William Dalsimer and Jennifer Butz

Sun, Dec 2, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15



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