[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”AmeriCares” suffix=””]I came to AmeriCares with the hope I could make an impact on the world.[/inlinetweet] I suspect that is what draws everyone here.
From the first day I arrived at headquarters, I was instantly blown away by the amount of collaboration and team work in the office. I had only been here for half an hour and already I was in a meeting with the entire organization (it happens every Monday morning). During the meeting I was able to hear about what each department was doing, some recent achievements and interesting news about global health. At the end of the meeting, along with the rest of the interns, I was finally introduced to the whole organization. I felt welcomed warmly and was impressed by the expression of compassion evident in every presentation that morning.
There are reminders of AmeriCares global work throughout the office. The cubicles may have colorful tapestries or good luck tokens from many different cultures, along with photos of health workers and recipients that benefit from AmeriCares work.
One particular image motivates me every day: a painting of AmeriCares founders Bob and Leila Macauley. Every morning I see this painting, and I am reminded of the care and sacrifice made to start this organization. Bob and Leila’s dedication and passion for helping others is the bedrock of this organization, and to this day AmeriCares staff carries on their legacy.
Since Bob Macauley’s passing, AmeriCares continues its work to help more and more people. The organization is building on the core values that created AmeriCares and introducing new ways of thinking about the scope of its programs and maximizing its resources. As a student, I am grateful for this opportunity to see an organization grow, change and value its strong legacy.
An unofficial fable of AmeriCares dedication and mission is The Starfish Story. It was one of Bob’s favorites – the story of one person’s quest to make a difference, one living creature at a time. The Starfish Story is what AmeriCares does each day. The dedication and commitment of this staff to the mission, to the people we help, is a constant presence. It motivates me, and will continue to motivate me for years to come.
The goal of AmeriCares is to help people live longer, healthier lives. Although the scope of our organization has grown in the last 32 years, [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”AmeriCares” suffix=””]we know that to change the world, you have to start with one person.[/inlinetweet] As Margaret Mead said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
At AmeriCares this summer, I am proud to be among the thoughtful and committed team that is working to change the world each and every day.