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Grace Wall, Program Associate Intern, Jolkona Internship

Jolkona is happy to to offer an internship opportunity to Seattle University student Grace Wall. Grace joins the team as a Program Associate intern and will work alongside our Executive Director to gain firsthand nonprofit experience. She will contribute to the growth and development of Jolkona’s social entrepreneur community and the Catalyst program. She will also be learning about Jolkona’s donors through a variety of fundraising projects.

Grace is a second year student at Seattle University in the Matteo Ricci College’s Humanities for Leadership degree program. The program teaches students to better understand themselves, the world around them, and their place within that world. Students learn how to more effectively interact and work with other people in leadership capacities.

Students improve their leadership capabilities by participating in both a local and international internship during their four years at Seattle University. They learn about the structure and organization of the professional world through real world, hands-on experience. Students can then better understand how to be more effective in their future roles as professionals.

This will be Jolkona’s second Seattle University intern but our first Matteo Ricci intern. We are thrilled to continue developing this local partnership with Seattle University. Grace is excited to work with Jolkona as part of the team. Her prior experience includes working as an accounting clerk as well as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. Grace is passionate about entrepreneurship and interested in better understanding how to be effective and successful in the professional world.

Many of Grace’s family members are entrepreneurs. From a young age she has seen what it takes to run a business having spent time around her family’s companies. In the future, she hopes to be an active member of the Wall Family Enterprise Business Advisory Council as well as possibly run her parents’ company, Hatch Building Supply, once her father retires.

For now, Grace is focusing on succeeding as a university student and Army ROTC Cadet at Seattle University. She values dedication and is ready to work hard and learn new things. You can learn more about Grace Wall on her LinkedIn page.

As part of National Volunteer Week, Jolkona is pleased to announce not just one, but two Volunteers of the Year! Congratulations, and thank you so much, to Nancy Xu and Chi Do.

Jolkona CEO Nadia Mahmud describes the service and dedication of our honorees:

Jolkona was started on a strong culture of volunteerism, and six years later, we continue to grow because of the skills, time and connections that our volunteers donate. In 2013, with me on maternity leave, having the support of volunteers was extra important to me and the organization. In my absence, so many people went above and beyond for Jolkona. I was not able to pick just one person to recognize, so I wanted to recognize two individuals for all of their contributions to Jolkona in 2013: Nancy Xu and Chi Do.

Nancy Xu

Nancy Xu

Nancy Xu has been a volunteer with Jolkona for the last four years, working on various projects related to video production, graphic design, and most recently working on the tech team to lead our website redesign. Last year, Nancy went above and beyond as a volunteer to help our ambitious website redesign get done by June. She created the updated design and helped coordinate the project so that we were ready for the launch. And, after the website launch, she managed a group of design and tech interns and volunteers complete initiatives for the next version of the website, and to make necessary updates. In addition to that, Nancy also helped with and attended the Jolkona expedition to West Africa earlier in the year.

Without Nancy, our website launch would not have been possible last year, or would have cost Jolkona a lot of money. So, I wanted to recognize her for the skills and time she has donated to Jolkona to make our web presence and mission stronger than before.

Chi Do

Chi Do

Chi Do has also been a longtime volunteer, working with Jolkona for the past three years or so. She first started out working on our Partnership Team, and then moved on to Events. Last year, Chi went above and beyond as a volunteer by heading up the entire Events Team. Chi also took the initiative to help launch the Microsoft Giving Campaign in 2012 and the bigger and better version of 2013.

Aside from helping with a successful relaunch party and holiday party last year, she successfully helped manage one of Jolkona’s biggest fundraisers, the Giving in Style fashion show at Microsoft. The event was a huge success, with close to 100 people attending, over 30 volunteers helping, and thousands of dollars raised for Jolkona’s operational growth which is so critical for us to grow our mission.

Each one of our volunteers and interns plays a vital role in expanding our mission of inspiring more philanthropy through small donations. I wanted to again congratulate and recognize Chi and Nancy for their efforts in 2013 as our Volunteers of the Year! Thanks again for your dedication to service and for supporting Jolkona all these years, especially in 2013. Adnan and I look forward to celebrating this with you soon over dinner!

If you’re interested in volunteering with Jolkona, keep an eye on our website for internship opportunities, or just email volunteer@jolkona.org.

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