One such student (and equestrian), a sophomore from Bryn Athyn College, named Ahmai Cole walked into my office with her mother, a bit shy, but full of enthusiasm to learn more of our mission. After taking a tour and seeing firsthand our behind-the-scene operations, Ahmai’s creative pulse was raised. As a matter of fact, I received an email from her mother that very night, “Ahmai left quite inspired by our visit and excited at the thought of doing an internship with Impact Thrift. She left wanting to major in business so that she can run a thrift store for horse equipment.” I thought, “WOW”, this internship is off to a great start!
Hear, in Ahmai’s own voice, a glimpse of what it’s like to be an intern at Impact Thrift Stores:
My first week started with an orientation. I then had the opportunity to work in the Bric-A-Brac department. My experience was that it was like Christmas, you open boxes that have unknown content, some of which is interesting and unique. The whole department was friendly and helpful. This made my first two days at Impact very memorable, and fun.
Weeks two and three was spent in the marketing department. The first thing I got to do was have a meeting with Paul Baur, the CEO and Gray Wirth the Vice President. It was interesting hearing them talk about what brought them to Impact. I researched the 16 charities that Impact financially supports in order to do a volunteer day. I picked three, Manna on Main, Bethanna, and Cradles of Hope. I also performed a wide variety of administrative tasks. (Creating databases, assisting with a wide variety of marketing campaigns, performing research, and compiling data for a donor database and community outreach programs)
Week four involved working at Manna on Main Street one of the charities that Impact financially supports. Manna is a soup kitchen, pantry and offers emergency aid. I got to see how a soup kitchen works and participate in the serving. I then helped organize packets for a walk they are hosting, along with working in the pantry, for an hour. I was impressed with the facilities, and hope to visit again sometime soon.
What is coming up? I am working on a project for their Impact LIVE program; which is a community service program that Impact Thrift provides to local school districts. The students actually get to learn how to organize a collection drive to support families in need. I am excited for all that is to come!
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