Volunteer Spotlight: Michael “Data” Le

What inspires you to volunteer your time?

Michael Le volunteering with Pac Out Green Team

When I moved to Humboldt County from Southern California, I was awestruck by the natural beauty of the area. I want generations of people to be able to experience that same sense of wonder and amazement. I also want to preserve our natural world for the organisms that call it home. Organisms whose life cycle should be beyond the reaches of the impact of man, however, sadly are not. 


What project are you working on at the NEC?

As a data science communicator, I have a passion for presenting visual analytics and sharing information to create a data-informed democracy. I am working on a project to make data accessible to a broad public audience through a data visualization of debris recovered from our community. 

What words of advice do you have to people interested in volunteering at a local nonprofit?

Comedian John Mulaney has a bit where he says, “It is so much easier not to do things than to do them, that you would do anything is totally remarkable. Percentage-wise, it is 100% easier not to do things than to do them.” He is not wrong, especially when it comes to volunteering. We all have very busy lives, so choosing to give up some of your time for something you care about is remarkable. If you care about a cause, volunteering your time with a nonprofit is a noteworthy thing to do.