One of the interesting things about More than Me is that we have always operated through a broad network of volunteers. Although we can no longer say that we are a volunteer-run organization, most of the day-to-day grant writing, event hosting, get-out-the-vote messaging work is handled by supporters who want to do something worthwhile in their free time.  This is the first in a new series for the blog, Volunteer Spotlight, where we ask one of our volunteers five questions. Today, we introduce Joei, a volunteer that helped More than Me win $25,000 in the Chase Community Giving contest. Joei wrote letters, emailed friends, and lobbied her parents’ friends to spread the word about the contest, the girls in Liberia, and how to help.

What is your name?
My name is Joei, and I am 11 years old.

Why are you so motivated to help little girls get to school in Liberia?
Because an education is an important thing to have in life, and that is one thing that I learned and will never forget growing up. Whether you are finding a job or starting a new project, you need an education to accomplish your goals in life.

What does More than Me mean to you?
To me, More than Me means one specific thing: getting beyond thinking about your needs and realizing that there are children and adults out there that have a horrific life, and your life, no matter what rough patch you may think you’re in, is a luxury.

Do you have a dream?
My biggest dream would be becoming a doctor. Specifically, a pediatrician. This is for one main reason, I love helping and caring for people. My heart jumps for joy when I see that I have made another person happy, and that they have a smile on their face. All in all, I truly believe that these traits in me are what makes me want to help these young girls.

What do you want to say to other kids your age about their lives and how they can help too?
Most children my age don’t really realize how lucky they are. For example, a lot of my friends asked for an iPad or an iPhone for Christmas, including me. But, then I realized that these little girls in Liberia are lucky if they get a meal to eat on Christmas. I believe I have proven my point, most of us don’t realize how lucky we are, and there are many ways to help.

One way to help is by getting involved with a charity. For example, helping with fundraisers is a great way to make a difference. Another way to help is to have you and your family make a donation to the girls in Liberia. The money really helps them get an education that they deserve, and gives them a meal that they have been struggling for. With your help, the young girls in this suffering country in West Africa will have a decent life and a decent chance to succeed.

Thanks, Joei!

A few words from Joei:

If you would like to volunteer with More than Me, please send us an email through the Get Involved section of our website.