|Me, on hold with Wal-Mart|
The time that I swallow any semblance of pride, patience and calm and call area businesses over and over asking them to participate in Disability Mentoring Day.
100-200 youth with disabilities will apply to be part of this project in which they will receive the opportunity to job-shadow someone working in the career of their choice in the metro-Milwaukee area. It is my job to make that opportunity happen. This involves a LOT of cold calling.
"Hello. My name is Alie and I am calling from IndependenceFirst. I run a project called Disability Mentoring Day. I am wondering if you'd like to be involved..." And on and on I go with my sales pitch.
It's exhausting. It's a ton of work. It is akin to planning a wedding. Several months of work, with one day to enjoy the results. But, when I get someone to say YES, yes they will participate. Or I make a match between a student and a mentor exactly within their interest area and neighborhood, it makes me exhilarating happy.
So that's what I'll be doing from now until Mid-October. I will make 100 + phone calls. I will be put on hold, rejected, hung up on.... I will work, think and dream mentor/mentee matches. I'll probably get a couple migraines. But when all is said and done, on October 17th, I'll be really proud to be part of such a great project.