Chris Hirschfeld is Committed to the Conservation Mission of Ducks Unlimited
INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2006 – Chris Hirschfeld is a volunteer who understands that strength lies in numbers. He also knows that good leaders today are invaluable, because they influence the leaders of tomorrow. His father got him involved in Ducks Unlimited at an early age, and now Hirschfeld is committed to involving others in the conservation mission of DU.
|DU Volunteer Chris Hirschfeld|
“Giving back to the community and enjoying one’s involvement should not be mutually exclusive activities,” said Hirschfeld. “Some of my best friends are people I met volunteering with DU. We try to make sure all our volunteers have fun while raising money for the wetlands.”
Being passionate about the work he does as a volunteer makes it easier to stay involved, he says. “I love the outdoors and the money we raise restores wetlands that anyone can enjoy.”
He also believes that future volunteer leaders for DU must be cultivated in each chapter. “It’s important to have a succession plan for each chapter so we’ll have future ranks of volunteers to assume leadership positions,” said Hirschfeld. “My role is to support them, recruit more volunteers and sponsors, and nurture those leaders so they can play a bigger role in DU.”
Hirschfeld was inspired to take a prominent leadership role in Indianapolis after meeting former DU president, John Tomke, who is now chairman of the board. Tomke, who lives in the area, and Hirschfeld talked conservation over breakfast.
“I was honored that the president lived in our home town,” said Hirschfeld. “He came to our first banquet and went out of his way to support us.”
Hirschfeld has returned that support in his willingness to assume leadership positions, but he finds it easy to stay involved in DU because he is passionate about the cause. His philosophy is that “we want volunteers to enjoy what they do.”
“I want our volunteers to feel good about their contribution, no matter how small,” said Hirschfeld. “And, make sure your volunteers are having fun.”
In honor of DU volunteer Week, Jan. 30-Feb. 4, Ducks Unlimited is sharing stories about some of the terrific volunteers who support DU throughout the country.
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands—nature’s most productive ecosystem—and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.