Being a Captivating Volunteer – an article by Angela Kowalski

I first learned about the Seng Girls’ Home in 2009 when my good friend Lynn Velez told me she was working with our friends Julie and Andrew Colquhoun from Captivating and planning a charity auction to benefit the home.  I was taken by how the home got started.  A man (Dockpo) and his family had opened their home to these disadvantaged young girls in Qinghai Province and ensured they were safe and cared for.  I could not imagine parenting this large family – then about 30 girls.  It seemed pretty clear that Dockpo and the home could use some financial support to provide for the girls’ basic needs and their education.   I felt compelled to help!  My husband Scott agreed and the Seng Girls have been a part of our lives ever since.

When I joined the charity auction team I had no idea how enriched my life would become.  I have met and interacted with so many wonderful people – old friends and new friends.  Their talents, ideas and resources have helped the auction blossom into an amazing event.  I have overcome my discomfort in asking individuals and businesses for donations and I am continuously overwhelmed with the generosity of our donors.  Additionally, I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of the Seng girls – they are charming, beautiful, hard-working, motivated individuals.  All we are doing to support these young women will be rewarded.  I look forward to their future accomplishments.

In the two years since that memorable first charity auction at Aulon Wine Bar, the number of Seng girls has grown to 120 and our community’s support has expanded with the need for more resources at the home.  It’s awesome!

As we planned the 2nd and 3rd Annual Charity Auctions at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel, it became clear that we would need the help of many volunteers to ensure the success of the events.  The artistic, organizational, logistical and detail oriented talents of many individuals are needed to make this event happen.  It was great to see so many new volunteers helping at the 3rd Annual Charity Auction!  These women and men did a brilliant job and ensured everything went smoothly.  Going forward the auction team will need our continued support.  I encourage you to volunteer!  Let the Seng Girls touch your heart as they have touched mine.

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