Featured Volunteer of the Month – Lusia Lu
.“I wanna get more involved in charity work. Is there any organization you would recommend?” In May 2021 I was asking around. My good friend Jessie recommended Heart to Heart. She had just volunteered at a H2H event and said “it was meaningful and fun”. With curiosity, I went on H2H’s website where I found all the information I needed to know and signed up to be a volunteer.
Thereafter, my journey with H2H started. My first main role was as Karen’s, H2H’s Executive Director, assistant. Meanwhile, I volunteered at markets, selling heart bears and helped with translation and writing. 4 months later, I took over the management of the Events Team (because I have a background in Public Affairs & Communications) and it has been my primary responsibility ever since. I have been enjoying this new challenge. It feels good to utilize my skills and resources to help a good cause. It’s also been a pleasure to work with a diverse group of people who are kind and caring – events volunteers are dedicated and resilient, who do their best to represent H2H at a variety of events, rain or shine as well as assembly, knitting and sewing teams who are supportive and talented and who always provide much needed help to ensure events can be executed smoothly. Our many sponsors are generous and collaborative. They give us the opportunities and platforms to help provide surgeries.
Is it smooth sailing all the time? Of course not, but what keeps me going is the fact that we are and always have been a 100% volunteer organization and we have a $0 operating budget so that 100% of donations are spent on surgeries. I’m deeply impressed and proud, even though it means sometimes, I have to apologize but say no to a sponsor if it happens no one is available to volunteer at their event; it also means sometimes volunteers have to transport the event kit back and forth on our own or we need to depend on sponsors for storage and transportation. Thanks to our many amazing events volunteers, some of whom have been with H2H for a long time and always ready and happy to help, we were able to survive an incredibly busy event season in 2021 and do quite well in the end! H2H helped 406 kids with congenital heart disease around China get the surgeries they needed but couldn’t afford in 2021. A big shout-out to our event volunteers! We definitely couldn’t have done that without you!
Now, unfortunately, we are taking a break from all the events due to COVID. Normally in the beautiful spring, there are plenty of events for us to participate in. I myself am taking this time to rest, continue learning and support H2H in any way I can, such as writing newsletter articles, translating and spreading the word about the great work we do at H2H.
To all the existing volunteers on the events team, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Hope you’re staying safe and having everything under control. Look forward to seeing you at our future events!
To new friends who’re reading this and are interested in giving back with a loving organization by taking part in something fun, the events team always welcomes new volunteers 🙂 Go on our website (www.h2hsh.com) to learn more and sign up.
我的心连心之旅从此开始了。我的第一份工作是给总负责人Karen当行政助理，协助她处理日常事务。同时，我也会到市集义卖爱心小熊，并帮忙翻译和撰写月报的文章。 因为我有公共事务和传播方面的经验，4 个月后，我接手了活动团队的管理工作。这就是我现在在心连心的主要职责。我很享受这个新的挑战。能有机会发挥所长，帮助有需要的人，是一件有意义又有成就感的事情。与一群来自不同文化、不同行业但善良、有爱心的人一起工作也是一种乐趣——活动团队的志愿者们干劲十足、灵活变通、风雨无阻，是心连心在各种活动上的最佳“带盐人”；后勤和编织组的志愿者们个个心灵手巧、利索靠谱，是活动团队的坚强后盾；众多支持我们的赞助方们都乐善好施，为我们提供宝贵的机会和平台来筹集手术资金。