Hi everyone, I’ll start off by saying that I am so happy that I got the opportunity to work with Evan Wesley from the Thirst Project! As most of you remember, he was the super energetic and nice guy who visited Vistamar as a spokesman for this non-profit organization. If you are somehow out of the loop, the Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization! Their amazing team (who I have the privilege of working alongside everyday) has travelled across the United States to speak to over 320 schools to educate students about the global water crisis. In the process, they have raised over 8 MILLION DOLLARS, 100% of which has been used to give more than 300,000 people in 13 countries safe, clean water. What a great job.
Okay, so my first two days at the Thirst Project were very hectic yet very rewarding. After spending 40 minutes in traffic, I finally arrived at the front of the office in West Los Angeles. After dialing the Thirst Project (#400) on the intercom, I was buzzed in and I proceeded to walk four flights of stairs up to their office (I need to work out WAY more, I was so out of breath)! As I entered the office, my nervous thoughts immediately eased as I saw a team of girls waiting to welcome me. They had written in big bold letters, “Welcome Kim!”, on one of their chalkboard walls and I was introduced to their small team. Although the Thirst Project is a large organization in terms of donations and outreach, the team itself is quite small. In my first two days, there were a max of five people in the office at once – proving that although this non-profit is small in size, it is mighty in influence. Furthermore, everyone in this non-profit is very young (a.k.a. fresh out of college) so it was very easy for me to integrate myself into conversations. The office itself has an incredible view of the Hollywood sign and it is decorated beautifully. I felt right at home.
Since my mentor Evan was out of the country on a business trip, I started to work on marketing, advertising, and public relations with a kind woman named Gina. For my first two days, I was instructed to reach out to 50 brands for donations to the Thirst Project’s VIP/Celebrity Gift Bags. Since our team had 150 VIP Bags to fill, I was working hard to secure legitimate items (Beats by Dre, sunglasses, watches, etc.) for the 7th Annual Thirst Gala on Monday June 13th. Although I was nervous since I had never personally emailed big brand companies, it was absolutely amazing to relieve replies to the professionally crafted emails. Over 10 of my contacted companies (Mendocino Farms, SoulCycle, Shoedazzle, etc) confirmed that they will be donating! I grew so much as a person in these two days because I researched over 150+ companies to contact. I got to experience and learn about the giant network of businesses that I so often interact with as a consumer, but never interact with professionally. These emails and communications filled up the first two days of my time as they were very time consuming and taxing!
Definitely my favorite moments in these first two days were grabbing lunch with my new co-workers, getting featured on the Thirst Project’s Instagram, and getting to know the amazing small staff that has built this non-profit from the bottom up. I’m so excited to tell about some new funny stores and experiences in my upcoming posts. Stay tuned!