typed interview with my mentor, april leasure
What are three words that would best describe yourself?
"Empathetic, because I am able to sympathize with other people and their situations. Kind-hearted, because I care very deeply about helping others and I think it is important to put others before myself. Strong, because I've been through a lot of ups and downs and I can still find a way to get back up".
What were some of the challenges you faced with this project and how did you tackle them?
"One of the challenges we faced with this project was trying to figure out a way we could reach a larger audience to help fulfill the goal that we had set in place. We tackled this problem by posting in numerous Facebook pages, asking for support and for the first time, we were able to set up an Amazon Wish List account where people could go onto Amazon and see what we were asking for, and then they could order it and it would be shipped directly to us. Another challenge we faced was that we had to figure out the best possible way to spend the monetary donations and make it stretch as far as we could. We tackled this by taking inventory of all the items we had collected to that point, and made a list of items that we knew were still needed. We then were able to go shopping and found that the Dollar Store was actually the best place to get the most for what we had to spend".
what surprised you most about this project?
"What surprised me most about this project was the outpouring of support that we received from our community, family, friends, strangers, and your teammates".
how has this project changed you as a person?
"This project changed me as a person because I take what we have in life for granted sometimes and fail to actually appreciate it at times. After hearing stories from the homeless individuals, I realized that we don't need everything we have to get by and be happy...sometimes less is more".
why did you agree to be my mentor for this project?
"I agreed to be your mentor for this project because I have watched you over the past thirteen years doing various donation projects and wanted to encourage you to realize your full potential and how much you could actually achieve with a little bit more support. It was important to me to help guide you in that direction, so moving forward you would have the strength and ability to continue being successful in your donation work".