“In the future there will be no female leaders. There will be just leaders.” — Sheryl Sandberg
No one represents this quote better than Naila, who began as a volunteer with Tux Foundation and today has become their Director of Fundraising & Events.
Featured below is her story:
1. What was your initial motivation to volunteer?
I’ve always been passionate about volunteering for different causes as I believe that if you have the opportunity to help someone, you should.
2. Why did you choose this specific cause?
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always volunteered for multiple causes. But they’ve typically been in relation to children or the elderly. This time I wanted to do something different and I came across TUX’s requirement for an events planning and research volunteer on Connectfor. Initially, it didn’t really get my attention as I prefer volunteering on field as opposed to a desk volunteering opportunity. But I decided to read up on it and what really got my attention was the cause itself. TUX raises funds for underprivileged women and provides them with Breast Cancer Screening and Oral Preventive Healthcare. Now that’s a cause that REALLY got my attention!
3.Please share details of the work that you did — the projects, events or the details of the experience as a whole.
I never thought that a volunteering opportunity would slowly turn into something that is now the biggest part of my life. A major part of what I do is raising funds under our Fundraiser and with those funds we set up Breast Cancer Screening and Oral Preventive Healthcare camps for Women in various sectors of the country. We’ve recently painted a women’s shelter and are trying to have more fun activities where we could involve volunteers as well. I handle the TUX Social Media, run and coordinate their events and raise funds for the same.
4. Do you feel like you were able to see an impact through your effort?
Yes, absolutely! We typically ask these women for feedback on the camps and they’re usually positive. When these women thank us and give us positive feedback, we know that we did create an impact.
5. How has your volunteering experience impacted you? Tell us about some of your learnings and realizations, please.
It’s been a year and a half since I first associated with TUX. I went from being a volunteer to now being on the Board of the Trust as the Director or Fundraising and Events. The work I put into TUX is easily the best part of my day. Sometimes it does get exhausting as I do have an actual job as well but at the end of the day, thinking about the impact it makes on these women and how even a little that I contribute could go along way, makes it worth it.
6. Based on your experience, have you encouraged others to volunteer?
The most positive feedback I’ve gotten is from our ‘Cupcakes for a cause’ and our Shelter Painting events and tons of people keep asking me about when we’re going to have more events like those so yes, I think its safe to say that I have encouraged people to volunteer.
7. Do you have any advice/ inspiring words for others who are keen to volunteer and be the change?
If you have the opportunity to help someone, do it!
Liked Naila’s story?
If yes, then checkout various volunteering opportunities at www.connectfor.org