Margaret Huey is a junior at Brandeis University, majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society and Policy.
By Margaret Huey
This summer, I had the immense pleasure of being an intern at Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization in Brighton, MA. I found this internship while doing some research online, looking for opportunities to help children in the Boston area. Cradles was a perfect fit. This non-governmental organization (NGO) provides essential items needed by kids in low-income and homeless situations. These items include clothes, toys, winter boots, books, shoes, etc. of the highest quality possible to ensure that the children who receive the items feel valued.
Through the course of my time there, I learned how crucial it is for one to take initiative and realize the bigger picture in order to achieve the mission of Cradles to Crayons. As interns we achieved this through the hard work of the committed staff there, who show their passion on a daily basis, and the large network of the Giving Core, comprised of college interns, teen leaders, and champion volunteers.
“Many people who came through the doors clearly had a desire to give back, and seeing new faces every day that I went in always made it interesting and fun.”
The volunteers who come through the doors of the Giving Factory all come from different walks of life. I had the pleasure of working with a number of girl scout troops, a range of students, families from all over Massachusetts , college professors, others working in business, and even a group of elderly women who came in to volunteer in order to celebrate one of their birthday’s. Many people who came through the doors clearly had a desire to give back, and seeing new faces every day that I went in always made it interesting and fun. As interns, we were encouraged to make a personal connection with the volunteers, in hopes to keep them excited about C2C. Talking to many people and learning about how they came to Cradles was intriguing to me.
The most meaningful part of my time at cradles was the work itself. I was responsible for leading groups of volunteers in the different stations, and seeing all of the work come together in order to create a “KidPack” for each child in need is very powerful. Each week, Cradles receives hundreds of orders for individual children, and each order form will have the child’s name, age, and items that he or she needs. A lot of love and care goes into each one of those kids, and I feel honored to have been part of such an incredible team that made those Kidpacks possible.
I learned how the organization worked and gained important skills in building connections and NGO management. We were taught the structure of the company, and the importance of the clear delegation of tasks and individual responsibility.
Do you share the same passion as Margaret? Cradles to Crayons is currently looking for their Summer 2012 interns.