United Way of Lee County is a nonprofit organization that provides solutions to critical human needs in the community by implementing local programs and funding local nonprofit organizations. The majority of every dollar donated to United Way goes to serve the community, so there is not much leftover for administrative costs. United Way employees do a little bit of everything to keep the organization running smoothly and I gained experience in many areas during my time there. I was put in charge of planning and promoting a benefit day at TCBY. I chose the date and time of the event and produced all of the promotional materials including social media posts, a flier and a logo. I also produced promotional materials and press releases for the organization’s Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive. I created content for and edited the bimonthly newsletter. I sat in on campaign meetings and helped plan the upcoming kickoff campaign event. I organized educational campaign materials to be distributed throughout the community. I also sat in on board meetings and reviewed financial documents to broaden my knowledge of nonprofit organizations.
The pool at Shelton Mill Townhomes only had one lifeguard on duty at a time, so I was the sole person responsible for keeping the guests safe and maintaining the property during my shifts. I was responsible for opening the pool in the morning and closing the pool at night as well as general maintenance of the pool and pool deck. I was also responsible for making sure all guests were residents of Shelton Mill Townhomes and that each person followed the pool rules. This job taught me a new level of responsibility because I had nobody else to fall back on if I failed to uphold my duties.
I was assigned a new cabin of about 15 girls every two weeks and I was responsible for making sure these girls were safe and having a good time. I planned activities and devotions for everyone to participate in together. During the day, I worked as a lifeguard at the pool. This job included guarding the pool, guarding the inflatable lake toys and teaching swim lessons to children of all ages. Working at Camp Thunderbird taught me many valuable lessons, including how to work with others. It is challenging to collaborate with two to three other counselors and agree on how to manage a cabin full of girls. I learned to listen to my co-counselors and communicate about disagreements and issues in order to provide the campers with the best experience possible.