The winners of our 2019 Meaningful Work Volunteer Program are….

… Jessica Meaney and Chris Kennett!

They say two is better than one, and we’re delighted to introduce two of our contractors, Jessica Meaney and Chris Kennett, who will be putting their skills to use to help others around the world in 2019!

It is a deeply held core belief here at the Ian Martin Group that every act of meaningful work can have a profound influence on the world. In order to further connect our pool of skilled contractors to our mission, in March of 2017 we launched our annual Meaningful Work Volunteer Program. This program offers up to $10,000 for Ian Martin contractors to take an international volunteer trip of their choice to make the world a better place.

Here’s what Jessica and Chris will be doing to change lives in Cambodia and Peru:

Jessica Meaney

As a dedicated volunteer in my local community, I was thrilled to be selected for this year’s Meaningful Work Volunteer Program. This coming October, I will be traveling to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to participate in a 10-day Habitat for Humanity Global Village project. The organization’s efforts in this area are focused on supporting urban populations construct disaster resilient and appropriate housing and sanitation solutions.

I look forward to immersing myself in the local culture and working alongside community members to build a new home for a local family. Ultimately, I hope that my participation in the program will help to break down barriers and enable the deserving family to live a happier, healthier, and more financially secure life.

Chris Kennett

The volunteer organization I’ve selected is Light Up the World (LUTW), a Canadian non-profit organization focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives. LUTW works in rural communities without access to electricity to provide solar photovoltaic systems that help communities transition away from using fuel-based lighting and spending a significant amount of their income on batteries and charging cell phones.

LUTW has installed hundreds of systems in the Peruvian Andes, which is where this assignment will take place. The volunteer experience is hands-on with far reaching impacts, including: health and safety in the home, enhanced opportunities for education, and increased household income. I look forward to meeting new people, experiencing a new culture and ultimately participating in LUTW’s goal of helping to lift others out of energy poverty from a sustainable source.

We are so proud of Jessica’s and Chris’s passion and determination to use their skills toward meaningful work that changes lives. We look forward to sharing more about their trips at the end of the year!

Kate Siklosi

Kate Siklosi

Kate Siklosi is the Resident Wordsmith at the Ian Martin Group. In her spare time she's a full-throttle dog-and-cat-mom, an experimental poetry editor, and a fierce oxford comma defender (see what she did there?!).
Kate Siklosi