Some Things Never Change
I was first introduced to Sharsheret last year, when I was the Nonprofit Management Intern at the University of Florida Hillel. We were collaborating with UF’s AEPhi chapter in order to bring a Sharsheret Pink Shabbat to campus, and I was tasked with the majority of the planning process. In order to prepare, I began researching Sharsheret’s programs on their website. As I scrolled through the many pink-colored tabs, I was in awe. As a self-proclaimed Nonprofit Nerd (and proud of it!), I was amazed by all of the wonderful programs that Sharsheret had to offer and I knew that I had to get more involved!
Fast-forward to my first day as the Sharsheret Florida Summer Intern: I was given a comprehensive overview of all that Sharsheret offers and was briefed on what was expected of me throughout the course of my internship. I left that whirlwind of a day with a deeper understanding of just how much Sharsheret does for the incredibly strong women and families it serves, and an intensified passion which has fueled my work over the past eight weeks.
Throughout the summer, I have had the opportunity to help with event planning, donor research, and a number of outreach projects. For one of those projects, I was asked to catalog all of the blog posts that appear on the Sharsheret website. In order to complete this task, I had to read 150 posts and take notes on the content…sounds fun right? Little did I know that this project would become one of the most meaningful and enjoyable projects that I have completed. Because of this project, I have realized that in a world of uncertainty, Sharsheret truly is a shoulder to cry on, a trusted advisor, and a pillar of strength to many.
A lot has changed since the beginning of my journey with Sharsheret. I have grown exponentially as both a person and a nonprofit professional. One thing, however, has remained the same since the very first time I was introduced to this incredible organization: I am still in awe. I’m in awe of the passionate and dedicated individuals that I was fortunate enough to work with. I’m in awe of the care and consideration that Sharsheret gives to each and every person that reaches out to us. I’m in awe of the sheer number of programs and resources Sharsheret offers to those who need them. Most importantly, I am in awe of the strength of each link that makes up this beautiful chain that I am so lucky to be a part of.