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Those living and working in the Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area have enjoyed the recent prosperity and surge in employment that many link to technology company growth. For example, San Mateo County, where Opera Mediaworks is headquartered, reported an all-time low unemployment rate of 3.3% in June of this year.
In contrast, those in other parts of the country and in many places throughout the world are far less fortunate. Lisa Rowlett, a Platform Support Analyst on Opera’s ad operations team, has recognized this disparity and is doing her part to give back to the community.
A passion for philanthropy
As a fan of philanthropic groups that work towards making the world a healthier, economically stable, and open-minded place to live in, Lisa finds herself inspired by organizations such as Kiva.org and Humans of New York. “With Humans of New York, their stories and pictures show that no matter where you go, we’re all the same – and it’s important to treat each other well, as everyone has their own struggle they’re dealing with,” she shares.
Lisa is no stranger to donating her time and attention towards giving back to the community. For 2 summers she interned with Andeo International, a non-profit connecting students with host families in the Pacific Northwest where she would greet large groups of students arriving to the US and help them find their host families at the airport. She has also volunteered her time with the African Chamber of Commerce to help plan banquets with congressmen and African dignitaries on economic partnerships in the PNW. Despite having a full-time job and dedicating her time to friends, family, and her boyfriend, she still finds time to volunteer at her local church and sponsors a 9-year-old child in Africa that pays for his education, medical needs, and hobbies.
Lisa’s introduction to philanthropy began in her hometown of Happy Valley, a small suburb outside of Portland, Oregon. Her mother was a stalwart for the non-profit group Meals on Wheels, delivering food to the poor and elderly while her father made a career as a property developer, specializing in the use of American made products to boost the local and national economy. The foundation her parents set at an early age contributed to Lisa’s adoption of the phrase, “to whom much is given, much is expected”, a mission that she now lives every day.
Life in the Silicon Valley is fast-paced and we constantly find ourselves asking where time has gone. Time has become a valuable resource that must be spent wisely and unfortunately, we find ourselves not having much left to spend towards benefiting causes we’d like to support. Lisa’s advice to those that want to give back and support causes they’re passionate about?
“Everyone has a different cause they’re interested in helping to make better – whether it’s a marathon for cancer awareness, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or donating to a charity/non-profit they care about. Everyone can afford to give back a little. It doesn’t take much.”
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