Fly High, Freebird

Hi again, hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! When I’m not spending time hanging out with friends and family or laying out by the pool, I’ve been pretty busy at work. Every day at the Community Foundation of Louisville always has something new to enjoy, and I have really loved all of the opportunities I’ve been given there, especially this past week.

We had our CFL Staff Meeting this past Wednesday, where all of the departments give a report of what projects they’re working on and other important information, while our President & CEO, Susan, gives her own report on CFL’s progress as a whole and what our next steps are. I always enjoy getting to sit in on these meetings, because it’s a great way to hear what the other departments are working on and I love getting to share their successes with them. Remember that song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, called Freebird? We incorporate that song in to our staff meetings, but in ways I never would have imagined.

Our President & CEO, Susan, went to an event and loved the centerpiece so much that she actually purchased it so she could take it back to CFL. Now, we pass that colorful centerpiece around, calling it the Freebird award. The person who received the award at the staff meeting passes it on to another co-worker at the next meeting, and it’s always a surprise to see who gets it next. The Freebird recipient is always someone who does their part to help out other colleagues in need, regardless if they’re in their own department, or from another. This past Wednesday, I was honored to receive the Freebird award! One of the women in the Development & Stewardship department, Melody, gave it to me for all of my help in getting some of their special events planned. I was so surprised… I never thought that the little intern that I am would get recognized like this! Now, when I’m in the office, I can display the Freebird award for all to see :)

When I started this internship in February, I never would have imagined how much fun I would be having along with how many new skills I would be learning. I am privileged to get to attend special communications events and meetings with my VP, Anne, along with getting the opportunity to display my graphic design skills (and make them even stronger!) by making a lot of in-house branding and marketing graphics.

Not only is my internship position absolutely amazing and challenging, I’m learning every day about how all of my co-workers work together. It’s easy to say that everyone that works there is a family and will do what it takes to help out their fellow colleagues. After finding out that one of our coworkers is going through some very rough times, it has been amazing to see how we have all come together to help her and her family. We have all signed up to bring meals and snacks, and some coworkers are even donating some of their sick and vacation days to help her spend more time with her family. It is so nice to see people pull together in times of crisis, and I’m so thankful that I can be there and do what I can to help support.

On another note, I am now a registered Shift Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, and I couldn’t be happier! I’m looking forward to volunteering there every other Tuesday for the rest of the summer. Working there and helping out those in need just gives me such a happy feeling inside and it really can get you hooked.

Well, that’s all for now! I have a couple days of work this week, then Michael and I will be heading up to Jersey Shore, PA (not to be mistaken with “the” fist-pumping Jersey Shore) to visit some of my family! I can’t wait to spend some time outdoors, in the mountains, and soaking up the sunshine!

Song of the Day: Lay ‘em Down by Needtobreathe. I love how this song welcomes those who have troubles or stresses and encourages them to, as the title suggests, lay them down.

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About Marissa

Hi everyone! I’m Marissa, and I’m a junior at Bellarmine University. I am studying Communications with a Business Administration minor and I’m lucky to also take part as a Blogger and the Public Relations chair of Phi Mu! I am the Dan R. Ison Communications Scholarship Recipient, as well as in the Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. I’m from LaGrange, Kentucky, a small town that's just a short thirty minute drive from campus, but I live on campus during the school year. I love the color purple, things that sparkle, and getting to immerse myself in a good book. Join me as I travel through college life, striving day by day to make this world a better place, and see what it’s like to be a Bellarmine Knight!

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