WOW! How can it be six years already?! I think I will always remember walking into the CommunityWise (Old Y) Building for my job interview, wondering if this would be my new home. I really didn’t know how my life would change that day.
Things that have changed:
- There are more team members around our table. We’ve changed from three main staff and a few program facilitators to just Rick and I in the office to a team of five in the office, plus interns and a large crew of facilitators. We are able to do so much now and can say yes to opportunities that come our way!
- Our office. We’ve been in three different rooms in the CommunityWise building since I started. We’ve also had about a million (only a small exaggeration really!) office reconfigurations. Rick likes to keep me on my toes by changing things around regularly. Luckily I don’t mind too much. There are some exciting new chapters on the way that I’m pretty excited. More on that soon!
- My confidence. Through the opportunity to make presentations and be part of the public face for TWV, I’ve become a more confident, self-assured person. TWV has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me the space to find one of my true passions: sharing the stories about the good work of non-profit organizations. The desperately shy little girl I once was would be shocked by the transformation. This organization not only changes the life of young people in its programs but also its staff.
- Pens. I no longer have to bring my own pens to work. We have a supply closet now. My pens still go missing (I blame my coworkers 🙂
Things that have stayed the same:
- The culture of TWV. This organization still feels like a family to me and I hope that never goes away. I’ve met the most incredible people through my work here. People who genuinely care about making the world a better place.
- The feeling I get when I see our participants earn their bikes in Bike Club. I will never forget the looks on their faces or when they say things like ‘You mean this is my bike? I get to take this home and keep it? This is the best day ever.’ or ‘The best thing about Bike Club is the people. They make me feel better here.’
- The fact that I still love getting up every day (well almost… some days are cold… and early!) to come to work with this organization and this team. I’m convinced I’ve won the employment lottery.
- Bike Mechanics. I’m definitely not a bike mechanic and will probably never be one. Thanks to my team for loving me anyway.
To all my past and present coworkers: Thank you for your hard work, your listening ears, your hugs and your passion for this crazy little thing we call Two Wheel View.
To all our champions: Thank you for believing in us and me. Your friendship, support and passion for changing the lives of children in your schools and communities is what keeps me going. I’m lucky to have so many of you as friends.
To all our donors: Thank you for being along the ride with us as we change kids’ lives from the seat of a bike. Your dollars (and bikes) are more than just dollars.
To Rick: Thanks for hiring me. I owe you more than I can ever repay.
Here’s to six years at Two Wheel View!