Honored to have this guy on Robin Hood’s Veteran’s Advisory Board (he taped this segment the same day he participated in the Veteran’s Advisory Board meeting)
I am not a huge fan of twitter. I am a little embarrassed to say, I don’t really get it.
That being said, whenever my co-worker let’s me take over our twitter account for an event (and sadly, this has only happened twice) I start to appreciate it a little more. But how knows if that is twitter, or the sense that I am wearing a super hero’s uniform (yes, for this blog’s purposes, Robin Hood is a super hero).
But I did have a success lately with twitter. And I must give my sister Abby credit for encouraging me to go to the twitter-verse for help in the first place.
To hear the story, please visit Robin Hood’s tumblr page for my latest post.
Remember this post?
Yeah, the one where a senior staffer at Robin Hood, who also used to be an editor for The New York Times tore my writing apart…
Well today, after reading something I’ve been struggling with/working on for the past week his response was a little bit better.
I’ll take it :)
A huge part of what makes my job so awesome is the incredible people who work here. It is inspiring to be part of an orgnaization that is full of intelligent, high achieving people, who have left fields like consulting, banking, and real estate management to come and work at a non-profit. The need to do something “meaningful” became greater than the desire to make a lot of money or “prestigious” career. And while Robin Hood is certainly “best-in-class” when it comes to fundraising and grant making, few people outside of the New York financial community have ever heard of it. But trust me, it is an awesome place to work.
If you don’t believe me, just read the email exchange I just had with my colleague. If this doesn’t show you just how incredible this place is, I don’t know what will.
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:55 PM
Want to get a chocolate chip cookie at paradise :)
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:56 PM
Of course I do. I was going to leave for my meeting at 2:30, want to go down in 15 and I’ll just leave from there?
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:57 PM
Perfect. I love that I can always count on you to partake in a mid-afternoon cookie break. It is really a big part of what makes you so great.
Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:58 PM
A really big part of what makes you so great is that you request mid-afternoon cookie breaks.
I am so happy that I have finally found a place of employment where people really “get” me. It took a few years, but I am here. And there are cookies!
Two weeks ago one of my co-workers invited us over to her apartment for a girls only movie night. We were all exited because Lindsay is on the events team at Robin Hood. Anyone who can put together this:
is certainly going to put together a good girls night! And we were not disappointed. Lindsay’s apartment was impeccably decorated – I felt like we walked into a West Elm store. And she appropriately applied the “movie night” theme to the evening with fresh popcorn in red and white stripped boxes and large boxes of movie theater candy.
We spent the evening chatting, snacking of delicious treats, drinking blood orange mimosas and sharing in the heartache of Jennifer Love Hewitt in Can’t Hardly Wait. It is pretty incredible to have such a fun evening with your co-workers!
Thanks Lindsay – you certainly have set the bar high! In fact, I was all geared up to host the next girls night, but I am now rethinking that idea… at least until after I see what you have in store for this year’s benefit!
Another fish has ended his time here at Robin Hood. Emily’s betta, Rob Lowe, took his final lap around the tank this morning.
We just had a ceremony around the toilet. As Emily reached for the handle to flush, she cried out “I love you Rob Lowe!” And then he was gone.
2 down, 10 to go…
Stay strong Sherwood.
A few months back, one of my co-workers came into the office with approximately a dozen beta fish. Apparently, she had a friend, a percussionist in a band, and he performed at a wedding where they had beta fish as part of the centerpieces. At the end of the wedding, he had asked what was going to happen with all of the fish and was told “they are hitching a ride on the porcelain express.” Well this was too much for this animal loving man, so he “rescued” all of the beta. While not quite on the same level as rescuing a puppy, impressive none the less. unfortunately, he wasn’t prepared to take in dozens of fish, especially since betas each need their own tank. So, the kind spirits at Robin Hood decided to help him out. And this is how Sherwood came into my life.
Well today at work, we head a death in the Robin Hood family. My co-worker, Caroline sadly reported that her Betta, “Tex” passed away. at 1:58, she sent the following email with the subject line “I don’t know how to say this, but…”
It was very tragic and disturbing.
This is the worst day ever…
While I certainly feel for Caroline and her lose, I think I speak for all of the other betta owners when I say “Phew – at least mine wasn’t the first to go.”
Please join me in sharing my deepest sympathies to Caroline. I would like to share the beautiful eulogy she wrote for him.
I would like to take moment and honor a dear friend, Tex.
Although he reached the esteemed status of lead Beta within the Robin Hood Foundation pool, he never forgot his roots, born locally to an unassuming fish couple and raised by Caroline Page.
Tex was well-respected and revered within the fish community, he led a silent but forceful movement, a movement that spread beyond the confines of his glass bowl into the aisles of his fellow coworkers. His powerful silence influence the many that interacted with him on a daily basis.
I think it is important in times like these to remember the immortal words of, Dr. Suess, in his oh-so poignant “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”:
But I bet they have come a long, long way.
We see them come.
We see them go.
Some are fast.
And some are slow.
Some are high.
And some are low
Not one of them is like another.
Tex was all of these things: a fish firstly, but he came…he went…he was fast, sometimes slow. He was always high, never low. But truly, Tex was nothing like another.
To Tex, as you live life perpetual, please know that you are in our thoughts, prayers, and we send you the warmest of fish wishes.
All my best.
September 2011-February 2012
“Sometimes people come into our lives and quickly go…”