Have you ever worked somewhere where you didn’t quite fit in? Where the priorities seemed a little misaligned? I think we all have. I’m happy to say that those days are behind me and I’ve found an incredible organization to work for in Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS).
Since I started working at SFBFS in June 2015, I’ve noticed that this company really cares for its employees. It’s a kind of company culture that I think anyone could appreciate. When you come to the office you feel appreciated, you feel needed and you feel valued. As human beings, let alone as staff members, isn’t that what we want? The longer I work here the more grateful I become for a company that values each and every one of its employees.
SFBFS recently hosted two very important All Staff Meetings. The first was a half day training dedicated to Cultural Competency and facilitated by the incredibly talented and engaging, Ebony M William, PSYD. I love working for an organization with such cultural diversity already, but this training allowed us to think about how we work with each other and how best to work with our clients. It was certainly an eye-opening day that allowed us to really get in touch with each other as an organization and then to use those experiences to better serve our community through our clients. It’s trainings like these that I think continues to strengthen us as a unit and create a company culture that everyone can be a part of and feel proud of every day.
In addition to the Cultural Competency training, SFBFS recently hosted its biannual All Staff Meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity to get all 83 (Yes! We’ve grown so much in the past several years) together. It was awesome to be able to use our new Community Room at the Arata Brothers Building to get together, discuss organizational challenges, goals and reconnect as a team. Because of the recent surge of new staff and the sheer distance of SFBFS campuses, it can often be a challenge to all get together and be on the same page. These All Staff Meetings allow us to do just that. Knowing how serious our Leadership Team and the President/CEO take these meetings is certainly a testament to their dedication and commitment to the success of each staff member and of the organization as a whole.
I’m truly grateful to work for such a fun and giving organization. If you’re interested in becoming involved with SFBFS, visit our Web site! I would encourage you to host a donation drive, donate, take a tour, drop off goods, refer those in need or participate in an event!
Communications Officer, Elise Hawkins