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Volunteer Engagement – A Collaborative Approach

The volunteer work of Abiola Oke is inspirational and uplifting. Her work with children in Africa is part of her lifelong commitment to social change and volunteer engagement. Her involvement in this organization spans three decades. She has traveled the world extensively teaching English as a Second Language, sharing that knowledge she learned over the course of her travels. She has been active in countless organizations, including: the United Way, which has used her services to build thousands of homes for the poor and underprivileged.

Building Team and Volunteer Engagement Strategies

Head office is situated in Manchester. While volunteers are living all around the globe, other team members live all across the state. Ideas come from some high up, but the remainder of the group and volunteers must feel a little out of the loop sometimes. One of the ways that this works is through weekly meetings at the center. This team and volunteer engagement method helps to ensure that all participants really get their message across.

I met Abiola during one of our Get Togethers, an event that brings together local community leaders and community organizers to increase awareness and participation in a given weekend or month of activities. During that time, Abiola spoke with youths in the slums of Nairobi and we were thrilled when she shared that she would be a part of a project called “English Schools in Kenya.” As English was not particularly important to the area she was from, it was a great way for her to gain perspective on the challenges that many children face.

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