Recruiting Coordinator Deb Kim joined Vocus as a Recruiting Intern in January 2013. Following that internship, she was offered a full time position within our Talent Acquisition team. She says her favorite thing about working at Vocus is the people. “I love my coworkers and my managers. I am constantly learning from them and able to offer my input in projects,” she says. As a recent grad of the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!), Deb has remained an active member within her sorority Sigma Psi Zeta. She also helps our team by spreading the word about our hiring across her network with current UMD students and alumni. We’re so happy to have her on our team and we support her efforts within the community. Deb is currently hiring for a journalism or communications major to join our PR Web editing team. If you know someone who would be a great asset to our team, connect with Deb on LinkedIn. As an employer, Vocus definitely stands out with its support of employees’ charitable efforts. Tonight, Deb will join her sorority in raising awareness for the issues of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and sexual assault. In this post, we ask Deb to share more information about My Sister’s Place in DC. Read our Q&A below for details regarding how you, too, can support Deb with her contribution to this cause.
What is Speak Charity Dinner and when does it take place?
Speak Charity Dinner is an annual dinner that aims to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence, sex trafficking and sexual assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month so my sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta, hosts it every April in honor of that. This year the dinner is on April 24, 2014. 100% of the net proceeds in donations and ticket sales goes to the organization of choice. This year we are donating to My Sister’s Place which is the oldest DC domestic violence shelter that offers a full continuum of care from immediate crisis on their hotline through transitional-to-permanent housing. More information can be found at www.mysistersplacedc.org
How many times have you participated before?
This will be the 5th year that we have hosted this dinner. I was on the planning committee when we first started this charity dinner and made up the name for this event. I came up with the name “Speak” because it’s a call to everyone to Speak out against domestic violence and to actually take a stand. We’ve donated to many different organizations and have had so many inspirational speakers come. We even had someone from the White House come and speak about this issue.
How is the cause to you?
Domestic Violence is an overlooked issue because no one likes to acknowledge that it happens in everyday life. Especially in the Asian Pacific Islander American community it’s an issue that is rarely addressed. My sorority’s national philanthropy is to combat the violence against women and it’s a cause I hold near and dear to my heart. I have interacted with victims and have been inspired by their strength.
What is your fundraising goal?
Our fundraising goal is $1,000. We have donated over $2,000 in past years with ticket sales so we would love to surpass that and help other victims in need.
- $1,000 supports a family in our transitional-to-permanent housing program for an entire month.
- $500 sponsors a field trip for the children at our emergency shelter, many of whom have never left the community in which they live
- $150 feeds an average family at our shelter for an entire month.
- $75 helps a mother commute for an entire month.
- $25 provide diapers for a baby in our shelter for an entire month.
How do your coworkers or “Vocus family” show their support for the cause?
My co-workers have showed their support with their donations and I am so grateful. Donations can be made at http://www.crowdrise.com/speak2014
Why is it important to you to work for a company that values a community cause?
It’s important for me to work for a company that cares about giving back to the community and helping others in need. I always want to give back in any way that I can so it’s nice to know that I work for a company that has the same values that I do.
If people want to get involved, what opportunities are there for people to volunteer?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved by volunteering at shelters like My Sister’s Place. Many shelters in the DC area are always looking for volunteers to help out in any way.
Is there a website for people to join as volunteers?
For My Sister’s Place more information can be found at www.mysistersplacedc.org