Boyne City resident mixes volunteerism with technology

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Megan Wilson

Contributing Writer

Meet Jim Schumann, longtime dogwalker and IT support specialist for the Charlevoix Area Humane Society.

“Jim is one of those amazingly rare special volunteers who goes above and beyond the call of duty,” said Charlevoix Area Humane Society (CAHS) Director Scott MacKenzie.

“He will go out of his way to help achieve the mission and goals of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society—we’re lucky to have him.”

Beside walking dogs every Sunday and working with the society’s phones and computers, Schumann has also taken dogs that need further training to Manistique.

“I was on the board in the ‘90s when the current shelter was built. I’ve always done their computers and phones,” said Schuman. “I like dogs, so when I moved to Boyne City I thought it was only logical that I volunteer here.”

Schumann is originally from the Chicago area, having moved to Boyne City in 1978.

“When I was in Chicago I didn’t really volunteer a whole lot because I was younger,” said Schumann. “I moved to Boyne and it was here that I really settled down and found more time to volunteer.”

Schumann is the owner of Systems Specialists, an IT consulting firm that works to set up and maintain computer servers.

“When it comes to the CAHS, I treat them just as I would any other business that I am consulting with, the only thing is that I don’t charge them,” said Schumann.

Schumann said he looked forward to volunteering at the CAHS, saying that he treated it like a day off.

“I walk the dogs on Sunday, and I enjoy it. I admire what they do,” said Schumann. “I’m proud to be a small part of it.”
He added, “The people that make it happen are the staff.”

Schumann has two dogs of his own, both were rescued from the animal shelter.

“I have a black lab and an Australian shepherd/collie mix,” said Schumann.

“The Shepherd is bossy. She likes things done her way—she noses things where she wants them.”