On Monday, August 7, CCO, the company I’m interning for, held it’s first ever Sandwich-a-Thon. For one hour, all the employees went down to the conference room and worked in teams to make as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and bags of trail mix) as possible, all to be donated to D.C.-based nonprofit Martha’s Table.
One of the several community service events the company holds each year, the Sandwich-a-Thon was planned from inception by my coworker Kelly and I, with some help from several other employees. I learned just how much work it is to plan and coordinate a company-wide event, from drafting flyers and emails to making a supply list to coming up with fun PB&J facts (the first written recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich appeared in 1901, in case you were interested). I learned how to deal with unexpected bumps in the road, like sudden family emergencies and the fact that it was pouring rain on the day of the event.
By the end of the hour, we had made almost 1000 sandwiches and 200 bags of trail mix. A few other coworkers and I loaded everything into cars and drove to D.C. to deliver them. The sandwiches will be delivered to D.C.-area people and families in need, especially kids who usually rely on free school lunches and have a harder time finding food during the summer. We also donated all our leftover unopened containers of bread, peanut butter, and jelly. Even though CCO isn’t a non-profit and not primarily focused on community service, it felt good knowing that all those weeks of coordinating every last detail would pay off by providing hundreds of people with a much-needed meal.
On the way back to the office, we stopped for coffee and watched the rain fall outside the window. It gave me time to reflect on everything I’ve accomplished this summer, and how this experience has changed me. There were definitely times this summer when I felt the full brunt of the daily grind, when I was assigned a particularly tedious task and found myself counting the minutes till 5 pm. There were times I missed my Hopkins friends desperately, and wanted nothing more than to move back to Baltimore. But this summer has had some great moments too–I’ve gained some incredible new skills and experience, in a field I hope to make a career in. I’ve gotten to exercise my creativity and ingenuity. I felt like a real adult, traveling by myself to visit people in D.C. and Baltimore on the weekends, and going to happy hour on weeknights (for the food). I’ve learned how to spend time alone and genuinely enjoy it. I even got a new job I’ll be starting this semester, at a small business in Hampden.
Now that it’s almost over, it feels like summer flew by before I even had time to register it. But I can genuinely say I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished over the past few months, and I have a really good feeling about the coming year.