How I Found Myself Volunteering at a Social Justice Nonprofit Organization
November 8th, 2016, I felt defeated.
Scared of the place I call home, USA, and scared of how the coming years would unfold. I remember returning home the night of the elections and my fiance said, “Trump’s winning”. I turned to him and said “I don’t want to talk about it”.
I tried so hard to avoid the reality in that moment but proceeded to watch the rest of the results roll in, which only added to my defeatedness. I felt like there was something I could have done to get involved prior to the election that I had not done.
I felt like I was disconnected from my community.
I felt like I was part of the problem.
I felt like I had to do something about it.
One day while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw that my friend Alex had marked “interested” in an event that read “Listen for a Change: Immigration, Black Lives Matter, Transgender Rights.”
My interest was immediately sparked as I saw such important and controversial topics in front of me - and I saw this as an open conversation with the community.
I had to go to this event and hear these stories.
I noticed there would be limited space at the event, and I didn’t think getting tickets would be easy, so I used that as an opportunity to inquire about volunteering. Not only did I really want to attend this event, but I also wanted to be apart of this movement, it felt like a way for me to get involved in my community in positive and relevant way.
I got a response on volunteering a few days later and was elated!
The day the event rolled around, I was excited and a little nervous not knowing what to expect. I met Thai, the founder of Listen for a Change. He explained how the night would pan out and my duties. I would be checking in people at the door. The crowd started entering and I felt out of my comfort zone, as I didn’t know anyone there and I had to talk to as many people as possible.
It was so refreshing.
I met so many people from so many different backgrounds, something I find hard to come across in San Francisco these days.
As the event progressed, each story was captivating and beautifully recounted. I had tears rolling down my face throughout the event. I was moved in ways I had not been in a long time. Listening to these stories put me in each speaker’s shoes. It was so powerful and a strong reminder that everyone has a story. I felt truly inspired and empowered on this evening, and it gave me so much hope in my newfound community and beyond.
Since this beautiful evening, I have continued to volunteer with the Listen for a Change movement. I started off coordinating volunteers for our Storytelling events to helping plan the Night in Bold fundraising gala for the organization to now working on sales and buying for the non-profit.
Since our early days, my input has been listened to, to help shape the organization. Being around the Listen for a Change community and attendees is such a positive feeling, I feel proud to be apart of it!
Short Bio & Image of Meghan. - sent some images to Thai
Bio : Meghan is Indian American girl born and raised in the Bay Area. She works as a product manager in mobile games and also teaches yoga in San Francisco. Meghan works on Sales and Purchasing for Listen for A Change. In her free time she loves cooking, exercising, spending time with loved ones, and finding ways to quiet the mind.