Monthly Archives: December 2017

Benefits of Volunteering at a Humane Society




Tips on Finding Work as a Freelance Writer

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Freelance Writer

Linda Gottwald is the executive director of Great Lakes Humane Society and holds a doctor of nursing degree from Chicago’s Rush University. Prior to earning her doctorate, Linda Gottwald received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Berkeley. When she isn’t working at the animal shelter, she enjoys freelance writing.

Working as a freelance writer can be challenging at times since you can go extended periods of time without landing a job. However, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your pitches and find suitable work through print or online publications.

One of the first things you should do is begin cold pitching bloggers and small businesses and let them know how you can help their brand. If you notice a promising start-up company doesn’t have a blog or much of a social media presence, pitch them about how you can help in that regard.

Secondly, you should start following popular job boards on social media. Twitter has an abundance of specialized accounts dedicated to posting freelance writing opportunities, such as WhoPaysWriters and WahJobAgency. Additionally, you can source opportunities through Facebook groups and Craigslist.

You should also build a professional website that showcases some of your best work to attract high-paying clients. Finally, don’t be afraid to take guest posting opportunities with popular publications or websites. These opportunities may not be paid, but you’ll gain recognition and experience that will help you build your resume and attract clients.

Albert Schweitzer Foundation’s Fellows for Life



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Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

A freelance journalist and animal welfare advocate, Linda Gottwald serves as executive director of Great Lakes Humane Society and director of Great Lakes Humane Society, a non-profit animal shelter in Traverse City, Michigan. In recognition of her volunteer work with the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, Linda Gottwald received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

Established in 1940 and named for physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) honors young professionals working to help the world’s most vulnerable populations live healthier lives. Fellows for Life is the global alumni network comprising more than 3,000 professionals in health-related fields such as medicine, nursing, law, public health, social work, and occupational therapy.

Committed to upholding the mission of the ASF, Fellows for Life pursues strategies aimed at improving healthcare services and creating policy that treats all humans with respect and dignity. Apart from their regular work, 89 percent of Fellows for Life respondents participated in service work with underserved populations in the last year, and 43 percent work exclusively with underserved populations.