As a part of a social media campaign for Communication Ethics we decided to work with Midnight Oil to have their employees share #FindYourWhy. We first meet with Sarah Kay Pike from Memphis, Tennessee, who has been a long time customer of MO to share her why.
“I have learned a lot about KIBO just from the people I am friends with, who were children who grew up in Jinja. So, I have always been interested in that aspect of Midnight Oil and I have always studied here since freshman year. I have always loved working with my hands but not manual labor. I knew for a long time that I wanted to work here but I did not apply till last year.”
Pike is engaged to Ben Moore, whose family has worked alongside the KIBO group in Jinja, Africa since he was a child. So for Pike there is more to MO than just having a part time job.
“I have never been there but I have meet those who work in Jinja with the KIBO group and I have learned a lot about the mission and why they started.” said Pike. ‘It is easy to not think about working for a nonprofit day-to-day but when the KIBO workers come here and visit, they are so overwhelming grateful for what we do when it can just seem like our part-time job.”
Pike followed by sharing that here at Midnight Oil in Searcy, Arkansas, the major life changes are not happening here but what the KIBO group is doing in Jinja is so important to the mission of MO. As a team the MO employees focus on how they too can make an impact in our community.
“We talk a lot about on the day-to-day how it makes the business run better if you think about the person you are serving, and that is simply why I work here. I get to do something very simple, like make someone a coffee drink that they don’t need... because it is not like I am giving them a basic need. But if I think about the person in front of me it will make the experience better for them and more meaningful. To be present with the person in front of me is my main why.”