Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Volunteer Spotlight: Kou Nyan

Rookie of the Year, Kou Nyan started volunteering for WaterFire in 2017.

Kou Nyan

Kou Nyan

How did you begin your journey with WaterFire?

My journey with WaterFire began with a leap of faith. I was unemployed and knew I had to do something. So I prayed to God, volunteerism dropped in my spirit and the rest is history.

What do you enjoy doing as a WaterFire Volunteer? Why?

As a WaterFire Volunteer, I really enjoy meeting and helping so many people. It’s like an exciting cycle of enthusiasm that you get from the visitors, community, performers and other volunteers. They pour their joy into you and you pour right back into them. Also, I always have fun stories to tell my friends and family! 🙂

What is your most memorable moment as a WaterFire Volunteer?

My most memorable moment was when a little girl helped me collect donations. She was full of fire. She ran up to almost everyone convincing them to donate in exchange for glow sticks. You’re never too young (or old) to be a WaterFire volunteer.

What does being a volunteer at WaterFire mean to you?

Being a WaterFire volunteer means that you are a part of a mission larger than yourself. You’re not only connecting people to art but, also to one another.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about volunteering for WaterFire?

Life’s short; just do it.

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Tim Blankenship

Interactive Media Manager at WaterFire Providence
I've worked at WaterFire since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career here I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. I have recently transitioned to role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I find it very rewarding working to increase engagement with our supporters both locally and globally.

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