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Volunteering, Health Insurance & BooTown Riffs: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way. On […]

It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year.

Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore what motivates some Houstonians to volunteer, and whether we meet our community’s needs in doing so. We welcome your examples of places you’ve volunteered, for which you found the experience to be fulfilling.

Also this hour: We check in with Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel to discuss the impending March 31 deadline for uninsured Houstonians to sign up for health insurance. We discuss why some haven’t signed up, and whether they’re merely procrastinating, overwhelmed or confused by the process, or are intentionally choosing not to get insurance, accepting the tax penalty, and taking their chances.

Plus: The literary and performance organization BooTown creates a Benshi-style re-imagining of the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Last Action Hero. What’s Benshi? Why do anything with that film? Good questions. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty will find out.

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