MEET OUR VOLUNTEER – MORGAN DAVIS
We’re ending the year – and will be kicking off the new year – with regular spotlights on volunteers who have dedicated their time and expertise to helping us at PathFinders. Meet Morgan Davis, a reporter at GlobalCapital Asia (Euromoney) who usually writes about the bond market in Asia. Morgan and her team spent two days at work with us earlier this month – find out what she and her team got involved with below….and get in touch if you’re interested in volunteering too!
Thank you Morgan and the team at GlobalCapital Asia!
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PATHFINDERS?
I first heard about PathFinders while watching The Helper Documentary. It’s a fantastic look at the lives of domestic helpers in Hong Kong. One of the helpers profiled in the documentary worked closely with PathFinders while she was dealing with her pregnancy and unemployment.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO VOLUNTEER AT PATHFINDERS?
At Euromoney we have two days per year to be used for volunteer work. Our team really wanted to volunteer with an organisation in Hong Kong that was helper-related. Most of us have part-time or full-time helpers, or we certainly know someone who does. PathFinders was an organisation that really resonated with us because of their work with these women, but also their role supporting them and filling in the gaps that exist.
WHAT DID YOUR DAY VOLUNTEERING AT PATHFINDERS ENTAIL?
Our volunteering really ran the gamut! Some of our team helped out with PathFinders’ holiday party, playing with the kids and even dressing up as Santa! The rest of the team put our journalism-related skills to work by speaking with caseworkers at PathFinders and writing up short profiles on some of their clients. We also worked on donor materials, formatting information sheets, and providing feedback on PathFinders’ website. We did a great deal of brainstorming as well, thinking about how the organisation can best communicate its message.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION/NATURE OF THE WORK?
I think we were all amazed at the sheer volume of cases that PathFinders deals with each year! I had no idea there were so many women and children that needed this kind of support. It was also incredible to hear how hands-on PathFinders is in every step of these women’s cases— from the legal process to the medical process, and everything in between. Dealing with such a sensitive, at-risk population involves so much specialised work, and the PathFinders team seems to work all hours to make sure their clients get any help they could possibly need.
DO YOU HAVE A MASSAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT CORPORATES LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?
Think about how to best use your skills! A lot of people like to do a team activity like painting a room or building a house. I know my previous companies have done work like this with Habitat for Humanity, community gardens, etc. But there are so many local charities that are desperate for your skill sets, be it writing (in our case), legal expertise, financial knowledge, graphic design skills, etc. Tell organisations you want to work with what your skill sets are and then ask how they can best be utilised. Also, think about the long term potential of your work. If you can become a repeat volunteer or dedicate even a couple of hours a month, it can make a big difference!
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