Jolkonaâ€™s volunteers are crucial to our success. And each volunteers plays a very specific role in helping us achieve our mission of poverty alleviation through micro-giving. While we could not have come as far as we have without the dedication and passion of each one of our volunteers, this month, Iâ€™d like to recognize one specific volunteer who has done so much for Jolkona in just a short time.
Christine Oon started volunteering with Jolkona about a year ago and wanted to get involved in something that would let her utilize her skill of technical writing and content strategy. When Christine started volunteering with Jolkona, we wanted to launch a quarterly newsletter so she stepped up to the plate and volunteered to build it. Since then, Christine has helped write, design, and release 6 of the past 8 issues of our newsletters and special announcements. (Check out the newsletter archives, here). While this may not seem related to poverty alleviation, it truly is. One of Jolkonaâ€™s core tasks is to build awareness around our causes and empower people to realize the impact that can be made with small donations.
The newsletter has been instrumental in getting that message out. During the Pakistan Floods last year, Christine wrote and helped design a newsletter that announced our project helping Pakistani flood victims. This newsletter went out to our mailing list of over 2,000 donors and resulted in raising $4,000 in just 2 weeks to help flood victims. This is an example of how Christineâ€™s work has made and continues to make a true impact.
While Christine was one of our locally based volunteers, she recently relocated back to Singapore. We are sad that she is so far away. We will definitely miss her at our team and All-Hands meetings and wish her the best of luck. Though, we are lucky that she will continue to help out and lend her content strategy and wordsmith-genius to our newsletters when she can â€“ making our team truly international. We truly appreciate Christineâ€™s time and dedication to Jolkona and are honored to have her as part of the Jolkona volunteer team.
On a final note, Iâ€™d like to thank Christine for generously donating a filing cabinet and computer chair for Jolkonaâ€™s new office before her move! YAY our first office furniture donated by a Jolkona volunteer!
Thank you, Christine, for all youâ€™ve done for Jolkona and the impact youâ€™ve made in helping to change the world, one drop at a timeâ€¦
Photo by Jolkona volunteer, Pavan Potaraju, at Jolkonaâ€™s Holiday Party, December 2010.