RealJobs: Calvin Lai

My Tuesday started off with a donor visit first thing in the morning.  A major donor wanted to see our program in person and dialogue with us.  So we set up a site visit at one of The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able facilities.  These facilities are where the guys in our program reside during their time with us.  It’s also where they have their meals, meet with their case managers, unwind, and enroll in classes like financial management, GED prep, and computer skills.

What I love about the facilities is that they feel like college dorms (a cross between Upper and Lower campus), and they look nothing like homeless shelters.  To residents and visitors alike, they say dignity.

After the tour, I headed back to the office and was greeted by the arrival of DVDs of an alumni event that our videographer shot and edited.  The event took place at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York and celebrated 25 years of success.  I’m really happy with the finished product.  Have a look!

This is going to make me sound really old, but that last song brought back memories of the “Screw Your Roommate” dance freshman year on Newton campus.  Not sure if that’s still a BC tradition.  But enough of YouTube.  Now back to work.

Today was more of a managerial day for me.  I provided creative direction and edits for one of our star writers on the fundraising team.  We got back to our design firm with some changes to the annual report, sent out an email blast to our donors and supporters, and put together a first draft of a direct mail appeal letter to lapsed donors.

The day is just about over.  And it just occurred to me that I didn’t even have my first cup of coffee yet!


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