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Whether it's working at a food bank or helping a neighbor, many of us will do some form of volunteer work this week. It's certainly part of the spirit of the season.

The Corporation for National and Community Service ranks metro Milwaukee as number three in the country in its Volunteering and Civic Life in America study. It showed that just over a third of people in the metro Milwaukee area formally volunteered in 2014, and nearly three-quarters did what's known as informal volunteer work.

Ann-Elise Henzl

WUWM's holiday series Life's Voices begins this year with a profile of Steve Paradowski.

He's a professional chef who's on disability after a stroke.

Yet he still cooks a couple of times a week for Kathy's House. It's a place that provides lodging to people who live out of town who travel to Milwaukee area hospitals for outpatient treatment.

Paradowski watches the sale papers for deals. Then he shops for the ingredients for his Kathy's House meals, storing them in his apartment near Mitchell International Airport.

Vision Forward

As the National Governors Association’s annual meeting kicks off tomorrow with a session on employing people with disabilities, a local volunteer says she is proof that challenges can be overcome.