(thanks to my lovely Menlo Park hosts and project leaders extraordinaire, David and Haydi Sowerwine)
After three years, two months, and twenty-odd days, the time has come for my departure from the GlobalGiving team and I will be wrapping up my work here in the next few weeks. It has truly been an extraordinary experience working at GlobalGiving these past few years-more so than I could possibly sum up in one blog post. All I can say is that it has felt more like an adventure than a regular ol’ 9-5 gig, and for that I am immensely grateful. From our early days above the thrift store in Bethesda, to our current hipper than thou historic rehab digs on U St, we have grown a lot since I started working here…but I think (or at least hope) that we have maintained the “GG spirit” throughout. The passion, dedication, intelligence, humor, friendship and (at times) totally crazy commitment my fabulous co-workers have demonstrated over the past few years will stick with me for a long, long time.
In addition to the amazing co-workers, I also feel privileged to have been able to work on the supply team with all our fabulous project partners. There wouldn’t be a GlobalGiving without our partners doing courageous and important work on the ground all over the world, and I loved getting a window into their world and supporting their efforts even from thousands of miles away. And yes, that’s me riding a pedal-powered electricity generator from the project “Give Pedal Generated Light to Millions of Nepalis“!
I better cut this short before it devolves into a sappy highschool yearbook-esque farewell note…and while I won’t actually be in the GG office after next Wednesday, I’ll always be a GG alum, donor, and perhaps even project partner in my new role at the International Youth Foundation. GlobalGiving will also be hiring to fill some very important roles around the office, including Ping Pong Champion, Biggest Eater, Fastest Runner, and Doggy Clean Up Patrol…so let me know if you think you fit the bill!