The Rewards of Volunteering: Jinah Kim interviews Paula Claussen
May 3, 2021
Hosted by Paula Claussen
Project Mercy is proud to begin our six part podcast “The Rewards of Volunteering”, with an interview between Host Paula Claussen and a long time friend Jinah Kim Jinah Kim is the founder and executive producer of WorldWise Productions (www.WWPVideo.com), a full-service commercial and corporate video production company specializing in education, training and marketing videos. She is also a part-time correspondent for NBC News in Los Angeles, reporting primarily for NBC News Channel and MSNBC. Jinah has a profound understanding of the needs of the population served by Project Mercy and the positive effects of volunteering.
The Rewards of Volunteering
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Our show delves into the whys, wherefores and outcomes of volunteering, both spiritual and concrete for all involved. Compassion should lead to action driven by a desire to make a difference.
When you invest your time, your energy, and a belief in making a difference in the world, you walk away with pride and fulfillment. When you see your contribution lift people up and give them a better life, it is awe-inspiring.
We examine the backgrounds of diverse volunteers and leaders, where they come from, why they volunteer and continue on this path. Project Mercy has worked with hundreds of volunteers from diverse walks of life for over 30 years.
Our volunteers are unified by a desire to help devastatingly poor families living south of the US border, literally, in our own backyard. These volunteers help poverty stricken families build their own home so they can live in safety and security. We introduce some of these volunteers and donors so you can hear their stories.
Paula Claussen and her family live in San Diego, California. Thirty years ago a friend asked Paula to accompany her on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico to give out donations. What Paula saw that day, the broken-down shacks and desperation of the families, just minutes across our southern border, horrified her.
She was determined to do something to make a difference and it did not take long for it to be evident that the main need was adequate shelter. From this experience Project Mercy was born. Paula created a network of volunteers building homes for impoverished families.
In 2016 she was nominated as a CNN Hero for her work and volunteer outreach. Paula found the award both humbling and gratifying on a personal level, but more important was the recognition of the Project Mercy program and people involved on both sides of the border.
With Paula’s guidance, Project Mercy has grown from a bunch of friends handing out items to needy people to a respected 501c(3) non-profit organization that has built over 1,500 solid houses in the past 30 years.