Unfortunately, I have way too much experience working through national disasters. Hurricane season always coincides with United Way’s campaign preparation and kickoff. We always make it through but I have earned every gray hair in my head. On Sept. 11, 2001, my United Way colleagues from Anderson and Oconee counties joined United Way of Pickens County in a huge joint kickoff event at Clemson University.
“And your name is Sam? (I made up that name to protect the innocent),” asked the Camp iRock teacher? It didn’t get any better as the day went on. Sam was belligerent, unruly, throwing chairs and generally being disruptive. When it was time to board the bus to return home, Sam was told he couldn’t come back to Camp iRock. Sam dissolved into tears and begged to be allowed to attend. “How can we have you back? Your behavior could have hurt people,” said the Camp Director.
All spring, I’ve been writing letters of recommendation for our AmeriCorps and former VISTA members and interns from Clemson University. These letters are pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. I know these people — who they are and their values. I know their special gifts and what they have to offer our world as they leave our United Way nest. I want the admissions officer or potential employer to know just what a gift they hold in their hands.
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