Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My first day as a Child Sponsorship Advocate

I went into work this morning at 9 am. Let me tell you that it is going to take awhile to get used to the commute, I am used to it taking me about 5 minutes to get to work, this morning it took me about 45. Some people have questioned my sanity, but I really think that it is worth it because I am excited about what I do and I love the people that I am going to be working with. I walked into the office this morning and walked towards the hall where my department is located. I saw the above sign in the hall outside of my office! It isn't really any office as much as it is a desk in the corner of a room, but to me it doesn't matter. They had already made me an official name plate, not just my name on a piece of paper made to look like a name plate, but an actual name plate.

I was quickly greeted and whisked off to the IT department for my first meeting of the day. I got all my login names and passwords and went through a quick IT handbook and went back to my desk. I was then shown how to work most of the systems that they use. It was very different than what I have been used to because they are dealing with larger numbers both in people and in money than what I have done in the past. There are 6 or 7 women that work in the Child Sponsorship department. Food for the Hungry has a domestic staff of well over a hundred and an international staff somewhere in the 1,000-2,000 range. They work in so many different countries I can't keep them all straight.

I was given a pretty extensive tour of the very large office building and met more people than I can ever remember. I will be lucky if I remember where the different departments are located within the building. I was then taken to lunch by three of the girls in the sponsorship department, they took me to a really cool restaurant in down town Phoenix called Sam's cafe, it is definitely the place for young working professionals to be around noon. The food was amazing and we sat outside in the gorgeous weather. It was great to get to know those women better.

I came back to the office and then went up to the HR department where I had a little orientation and signed a bunch of those official documents. Tomorrow and Friday I have the big "new employee orientation".

I am incredibly excited about my job and the position that I will be filling. I don't know the exact details of my job yet, but I do know that I will be processing all the mail that goes between children and sponsors and sponsors and children. This is a large job when you have 13 counties in which children are sponsored and over 15,000 children that are sponsored in these countries. That is a lot of mail!!! And that will be my job!

Well I have to run off to Youth Group. I am glad that I had that month to chill a little because now I am back to a running speed!


  1. Yay!! I'm so excited for you!!!

  2. So happy for you in your new job. You are such a revolutionary! Seems like such a great fit and of course who wouldn't want to work downtown. You will have to keep me informed of all the cool eateries you visit and like. C