Ottilie Yee: Graphic Designer, Photographer
How long have you been volunteering with WTAP?
I have been volunteering with WTAP since July 2014.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working with WTAP?
I’ve met tons of awesome people through WTAP! From the volunteers to the refugees, it’s eye-opening to meet people from all walks of life. It’s crazy to think that we may have never crossed paths if it were not for WTAP. Several volunteers are now some of my closest friends and I have WTAP to thank for that.
Why do you choose to donate your time to WTAP?
I originally volunteered with WTAP to submit a project for the Fulbright Program and was referred to the organization by Kristin Romaine, a former board member. My post-grad life went in a different direction from the Fulbright Program, but I continued on with WTAP regardless of the circumstances because I fell in love with its mission and values and really enjoyed the time spent on deliveries. Now, I am a member of the Communications Committee and the photographer on deliveries.
Describe an experience you had while volunteering that made you realize you were making a difference.
My favorite part about deliveries is seeing refugees’ reactions to different items we bring in. Fortunately, I’ve been a part of these moments on several occasions. One of my favorite experiences is when a woman received an ironing board and she wasn’t talking to anyone in particular, but she stated, “I have home now.” I’ll never forget that huge smile! It’s hard forming the right words to describe some of the emotions evoked when a refugee receives something that we often take for granted, such as an ironing board or a family photo; you can tell by their faces that this simple gesture means the world to them, and when their happiness radiates from them, that’s how I know I’m making a difference.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
When I’m not volunteering, I work as a social media guru/web designer/graphic designer for online craft and party supply store, Two Berry Creative. I also love baking, reading and planning my next travel adventure.
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