3 Questions With ... Jonelle Ocloo in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/29
WGC's 2022 "Our Giving, Our Stories" Series in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August! The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
One way WGC is doing this is through WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" daily profile Series each August. Each day this month we are sharing daily profiles of incredible women in our community who are giving in so many ways - in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Today, we elevate the voice and story of philanthropist Jonelle Ocloo:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I am moved by the verse in Scripture that says: "to whom much has been given, much will be required." I have been blessed with so much in my life including a loving family that valued education and believed that a woman could do anything. I understand that I am where I am and can do what I can because of the people who sowed into my life. Therefore, I am motivated to do what I can to make a positive impact in other's lives -- whether it's through my time, talent, or financial resources. I immigrated to the United States as a child. It is an honor to be able to help other people on their immigrant journeys and to help them to achieve their American dream.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I have been giving since childhood. I remember putting in money that my mother gave me in the offering plate at church. But it felt better to contribute my own money that I earned. As far back as high school, my friends and I enjoyed participating in telethons at our local public television station. I got a free ride to college. So as soon as I graduated and got my first job, it was important to me to contribute the the alumni association's scholarship fund since I was a scholarship recipient.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
It is never too little or too late to give back. Any amount (no matter how little) is a lot when it's done with a generous heart. (Remember the story of the widow's mite.) Also, your gifts and efforts combine with those of other people to make a large impact. So your gift is never too small. Also, if you are not already giving back, it is not too late to start now. Better late than never.
Where do you focus your time, talent, and treasure?
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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