Living the DWC Philosophy In 2004, Marcia Julian sat amongst DWC’s founders discussing the concept of a charity that would give everyone an opportunity to experience an international service trip. During DWC’s early evolution it was Marcia that dubbed the organization, Developing World Connections. “The words seemed inspirational on so many levels and it just fit,” Marcia voiced. She began as Co-chair of the newly formed board of directors and her involvement spans more than 14 years, with six of those years as Chair of the board. A seasoned traveler, since her first trip with DWC to Sri Lanka, Marcia has assumed the role of team leader numerous times, volunteering in seven countries on three continents. She is a regular contributor to Global Village, DWC’s monthly giving program and her genuine love of the organization is apparent. “I never get tired of talking about DWC to friends and even strangers!” Marcia can vividly recall her first trip to Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami where she worked to help rebuild homes in the wake of the disaster. She saw firsthand the devastating impact. “Half of our hotel was washed away. Bits of clothing fragments still clung to cell towers.” Beyond this overwhelming grief and loss, Marcia was also captivated and spoke of those in tent cities who were picking themselves up and helping one another – starting over – as family. “Families were so grateful and everyone had such a giving generosity. I remember one woman who placed worn plastic lawn chairs in the shade for us – sharing all she had.”
She has watched many first-time volunteers become “converts” who continue to support DWC projects, volunteering throughout their life and encouraging others to do the same. “You always get more than you give,” she commented. “It’s a very unique organization to be a part of. It embodies humanitarianism and a philanthropic philosophy. It has an energy and understanding that attracts people to the organization.” Beyond this attraction are countless life-changing experiences. This said, Marcia herself wants to see some healthy change for DWC and has decided it is time to step away from the board table and create opportunities for fresh faces. Please join us in wishing Marcia well —and thank you, Marcia, on behalf of all of us, for all you have done and continue to do.
While Marcia won’t be at the board table she still plans to lead DWC trips. In fact, there’s still time to volunteer and travel with her team to Cambodia in October, 2018!