Meet Katie Hawk, a Somebody's Mama volunteer and our newest Mama of the Month!
An Oklahoma native, Katie is a director for The Nature Conservancy and the founder of a local non-profit. Her good deeds extend far beyond the Oklahoma border. One of her latest projects with The Nature Conservancy included helping save orangutan forests in Indonesia. There, she not only got to experience conservation efforts firsthand, but she learned some valuable life lessons. In her spare time, she serves as President for Good Dogma, a non-profit she co-founded to help reduce the overpopulation of pets in her local community.
LESSONS FROM THE FORESTS OF INDONESIA
In 2014, Katie got her chance to fulfill a childhood dream: to see orangutans in the wild. She set out to the forests of Northern Indonesia to learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect orangutan habitat and help to bring awareness to the cause.
Katie clued us in on the key issue:
“Forests are being destroyed in Indonesia to create unsustainable palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a popular ingredient in so many things including toothpaste, hair products, makeup, lotions, cupcakes, cookies, etc. This forest destruction is taking away critical resources for local villages and wildlife.”
While there, she toured the vast rainforests for three weeks and stayed in nearby villages to learn about how The Nature Conservancy collaborates with the locals to protect the forests. She then used this knowledge to help develop a campaign for the cause.
We asked Katie what she learned during her stay with the locals in Indonesian villages:
“I learned the value of genuine joy and care for people. The villagers were the most joyous souls. One of the villages we stayed in shared with us their village values. The first one was to have a community filled with joy. The women were incredibly welcoming and caring. We would often just hug and laugh, not able to understand a word each other was saying. Their joy for life and gratefulness for their resources made a lasting impact on how I value life. It’s not what you have, but what you make of it.”
GOOD DOGMA IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
At home, Katie runs Good Dogma, a non-profit that aims to reduce the number of animals in shelters and reduce pet overpopulation. Good Dogma runs a “Tags for Wags” and “Funds for Fixes” program where they provide free ID tags and assist families with spay and neuter sponsorships. To date, they have assisted 50 families with free spay/neuters and provided over 1,000 free pet ID tags to members of the community. The organization is also working to secure a much needed local animal shelter.
Katie is a mom of rescue dogs herself and adds,“The love of a pet may be the most reciprocating and unconditional love you could ever find. Their innocence and joy for life is a refreshing daily reminder of the simple things in life. I highly recommend adopting from your local shelter or rescue group. There you will find precious souls in need of your loving home, and possibly your next best friend.”
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH SOMEBODY'S MAMA?
Our board is made up of talented people, but none of us knew how to design a logo. Several months ago, we launched a contest. After the board voted on the winning design, Katie graciously donated her time and technical skills to finalize our logo. We are very thankful for her help and indebted to her for her expertise! As an all-volunteer organization, we so appreciate when people use their talents to support our mission.
Closing words from Katie: "Thank you for this opportunity to volunteer with Somebody’s Mama and be featured as a Mama of the Month. I am proud to be a part of your mission and to contribute to your efforts to empower women throughout our planet."
Thank you, Katie, for all you do!