Volunteers Make Things Happen

An organization is made up of many different people. There is the board of directors which is comprised of at least a president, a secretary and a treasurer. There is the administrative staff who takes care of everyday things that have to happen to keep an organization running smoothly. They take care of correspondence, answering calls, and sending cards. Some of these are volunteers, people who give their time in order to benefit the organization, and to help the organization accomplish its goals.

As a new non-profit organization, JB Dondolo, Inc. is doing its best to move from being an unknown in a world of many nonprofit organizations. It’s challenging to the get attention we need so that people will give to support the projects. One of the people who is helping us in this endeavor is the amazing, Ronda Bowen.

Ronda is a busy wife, mother of two, and writer by trade. She has been writing articles for Lumbie Mlambo’s Equanimity Magazine since 2009.  In 2013, Lumbie approached Ronda and asked if she would be willing to come aboard to help JB Dondolo charity achieve its dream for the Igusi Hospital. Ronda accepted the challenge, and is now our fundraising coordinator.

Ronda has been responsible for developing and implementing fundraisers for JB Dondolo through fundraising.com and YouCaring, as well as more traditional forms of fundraising. She has written grand proposal letters to corporations and government bureaus, fundraising letters to potential donors, and is currently planning a fundraising 5K race event.

Ronda confesses that it isn’t always easy to do this work, especially trying to balance work and family life. She had to figure out how to break down tasks into manageable bites that she could accomplish when her newborn was sleeping. Despite the fact that she experienced a bout of postpartum depression following the birth of her now 14 month old daughter, Ronda fought back. Taking “baby steps each day” she was able to track her accomplishments and feel more positive about her efforts. Thankfully, she says,  she has a “very supportive husband… and a teenage son who absolutely adores his sister…. (so she has) a team working to make sure all our goals are met.”

Thanks to Ronda’s family, we at JB Dondolo are thankful that we can count on Ronda to support us and help us reach our goals on the Igusi Hospital project. Thank you for all you do, Ronda! You truly are a Godsend!

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17 thoughts on “Volunteers Make Things Happen”

    1. As a non profit coordinator myself volunteers are so key. I’m also in the process of planning a 5K. Anytime you want to chat I’d love to pick your brain about fundraisers. 🙂

    2. Thank you so much for this lovely comment! Ronda is the heartbeat of this organization. Without her, I don’t know where we would be, honestly. So, thank you for taking the time to appreciate her as well.

  1. I love when people share about outstanding members of their organization. Ronda sounds like she is a jewel. It’s not easy to keep all the balls in the air when you have a demanding challenge such as being the fundraising coordinator but when you add having children, especially a very young one, she really deserves kudos!

  2. I love how you are giving back to your volunteers by acknowledging the work that they put in. I recently had an organization send me a handwritten thank you card and a little gift to say “thanks” and that they notice the work I did. It’s worth all the time we put in when someone really notices!

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      It’s nice that the organization you volunteers for acknowledges you for your effort! JB Dondolo, Inc. values the volunteers for their work. No work goes unnoticed because volunteers are the backbone of this organization and any organization.

      Thank you for sharing!

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