A Day In The Life Of Community Fundraiser - Lisa Walton
Lisa is our Community Fund-raiser at HARP and has worked here for nearly six years. Lisa’s job is to be the face of the organisation and get involved in the community to raise awareness of the charity.
What does your role involve?
I am a complete all-rounder! My role includes everything community based, ranging from running events and talks to doing tours of HARP to bring in donations. I am always out in the community visiting schools, churches other community groups to raise awareness of HARP. I also do grant writing and liaise with local businesses for donations for occasions and events such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter to bring special things like presents and Easter eggs to our residents.
What is the first thing you do when you get to work?
Have a look at my diary! It is always full and so varied. I have been at HARP for nearly six years, and every day is different. I do whatever is needed that day but probably, answer emails, return phone calls & get myself organised for whatever comes next!
What are some of the challenges with your job?
My biggest challenge is that there are never enough hours in the day! I try to respond to enquiries as soon as I can (usually on the same day), but sometimes it's hard as I'm out in the amazing community.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
The most rewarding thing is by far raising awareness of HARP. I love visiting schools and the local community to share the incredible work and success stories of others at HARP.
Why is your role important to HARP?
My role is important because if I can spread the good that HARP does to just one person, and then that one person tells another, then my job is done. It is a pleasure to work for HARP. Every day I get to see all the good that HARP does to help local people overcome homelessness. The Southend community is fantastic. They are so generous and give us a tremendous amount of support. I cannot thank them enough.