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Q&A: Rebecca Finney
News item date:
Friday, June 5, 2015
By HPN Staff
Two-year Volunteer Rebecca Finney (2010-12) is a perfect example of an unassuming person; she accomplishes tasks with humility and focus, and is truly a positive force in our community. In Haiti, she moved some of our most important projects forward. Below she answers questions about her two years at LCS and what remains with her as she now works in another community.
HPN: What was the major reason you chose to volunteer for a second year?
RF: I stayed for a second year because I felt like I was just hitting my stride after my first year. I still needed to grow in my understanding of solidarity and what LCS truly needed from me.
HPN: What is a personal theme that carries you through?
RF: Work is prayer. I really learned this in a palpable way at LCS. It is important to remember that our daily activities can be prayer.
HPN: What was a large challenge for you?
RF: Because of the fluctuating security of the country, volunteers rarely traveled outside of the school compound. Whenever this became difficult, I would meditate on the purpose of my service: to do something for the good of another. It gave me a lot of comfort to know that the little sacrifices I was making were making a difference.
HPN: How is your new work similar to work at LCS?
RF: I am currently a grant writer at Seedco, a nonprofit committed to advancing economic opportunity for people in need. The basic drive for the work is the same. In Haiti, I learned that low-income people don't want handouts – they want honest work that pays a decent wage. They want to be able to support their families and send their children to school.
HPN: How has working for THP informed your studies and current position?
RF: I decided to go into Social Work because I came to realize that many of the students in the Koukouy program – THP’s Early Childhood Development program for neighborhood children – were denied access to schooling because they were required to work during the day. Seeing this motivated me to study something that would help solve injustices like this. This lens informs the way I write proposals and choose to speak about the individuals we serve.