Growing Gratitude in the New Year: Jonathan Ho Plants Seeds of Community

A team of individuals stand together for a group photo
Undergraduate Jonathan Ho, pictured in red, and his colleagues have raised over $50,000 for a community garden project in Knights Landing, with funds coming from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation, the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Courtesy photo.

By the College of Biological Sciences on January 3, 2020

"Wai Lone (Jonathan) Ho remembers when he first decided to devote himself to community service. He was a transport and logistical officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, overseeing the deployment of military vehicles across the island city-state. As an officer, he coordinated the duties of servicemen, and these interactions led Ho to a realization.   

'I realized that many of them were from disadvantaged backgrounds and they didn’t really get as much resources as I did growing up,' said Ho. 'I saw the disparity and felt that I should be doing something.'

Following his service, Ho enrolled at the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. All the while, he kept his eyes peeled for opportunities to help the community.

'That’s what drew me towards volunteering at the Knights Landing One Health Center,' said Ho, who started volunteering at the center during his freshmen year. 

The Knights Landing One Health Center provides healthcare services to the rural farming community of Knights Landing, Calif. There, Ho found a passion project: creating a community garden for the area’s underserved population."

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