Meet Volunteer of Do Space Mark Wong
June 26th, 2017 | Cherie Geary, Community Engagement Specialist
Do Space would not be possible without all the volunteers that contribute to our programs and assisting our members. They are the pulse of everything we do and give us the ability to offer members help in all different kinds of skills. The goal of this effort it to capture and share the people that are volunteering at Do Space and how it positively affects their lives. What led them to volunteer? What sort of impact they are making? And why they continue to contribute?
We are pleased to introduce you to one of these valuable contributors. Mark Wong has been a mentor with the Do Space volunteer program since July 2016. Mark is currently the head of web development at a local merchandising company. Our Volunteer Coordinator asked Mark a few questions about his experience volunteering at Do Space.
What led you to volunteer at Do Space?
Dating back to my college days I’ve always sought out opportunities to give back to the community that I reside in. Sometimes you’re truly lucky and positive situations “just fall into your lap”. I was browsing Facebook for funny videos and I came across a Do Space sponsored ad seeking volunteers. I always drove by the (then) newly completed Do Space building, but I never knew what was offered inside so my curiosity took over and I browsed their website. As someone who has been lucky enough to grow up with technology and gone through schooling learning about technology, I realized that not everyone have had that same privilege so I decided to volunteer my time and knowledge to help those in my community whom need help.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Do Space?
The best part about volunteering at Do Space is when the mentoring session ends. It might sound a little weird, but let me explain here. When someone comes in with a problem and they leave with a satisfied smile, you know that they’ve gotten what they came for. The feeling I get after knowing that someone has gotten a problem in their lives solved is truly rewarding, probably one of the best feelings ever. Even thought I’m a volunteer I realize that I’m representing Do Space, so I need to make sure that Do Space maintains a positive image in the community of Omaha. Seeing the place grow and continuously get higher usage is really neat.
What position do you hold at Do Space and how does it contribute towards Do Space mission?
I’m a mentor at Do Space and that helps the mission of providing the community with the ability for advanced learning in technology.
When was a time that you felt like you made a difference and really helped a member?
Every time! I have never left a mentoring appointment feeling like I’ve “wasted” my time. Each individual I’ve had the privilege to mentor have expressed to me that they’ve felt helped and offered their gratitude. No matter what type of day I’m having, I’m always looking forward to my mentoring sessions at night. I really owe it to my mentees for putting a smile on my face each and every time I’m done mentoring.
What is something you would tell a friend that is thinking about volunteering?
Do it! Whether you’re going to like it or not, trying never hurts.
Cherie is the Volunteer Coordinator at Do Space. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband Travis, chihuahua Elvis, corgi Evie and cat Ella.