C2C Staff Spotlight: 8 Questions with Sarah Busbey

July 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Sarah Busbey is the Distribution Coordinator at C2C in Philadelphia. In her role she gets to interact with hundreds of incredible social workers, teachers, preachers, etc. that are as passionate about helping young children in need as she is. Basically, she has “the coolest job on the planet.” One year Sarah was an AmeriCorps VISTA, one year she was a full time Distribution Coordinator…and who knows what’s next?

Describe working at Cradles to Crayons in 3 words or less.   
High energy, yumminess.

Is there anything you have always wanted to do while working at Cradles, but haven’t yet? 
We have been talking about doing a Cradles to Crayons “Giving Games” in the near future where teams would participate in traditional and non-traditional warehouse duties that would be adjusted to fit a relay format.  It will be fun, innovative, physical and competitive…all characteristics of an event that has my name written all over it.  This is what I have been waiting for!

What story about a child we have served has stuck with you most?
Just yesterday, a partner called in need of an emergency order for a father whose kids have just lost their mother in a car accident within the past few days and to top it all off have been locked out of their home because of their inability to pay the rent.  The staff at the partnering agency put out an email blast to one another looking for any type of assistance they could get for the family.  This particular partner instantly thought of C2C and called me right away.  She’s in the process of gathering their sizes and needs, so we should be sending out personalized packages to each of the children within the next couple of days.  I hope this small token from the community can put even the slightest smile on their faces.  My heart goes out to those sweet little babes.

Where are you originally from? What do you miss most about your hometown?
Gettysburg, PA.  I miss the understanding of simple word pronunciation and vocabulary.  I miss that the word hammock  sounds like (ham) (mock) and not (hammick), water is pronounced (what) (er) and not (wooter), a covered dish is what you bring to a public gathering to share and that lunch is actually called dinner and supper still exists.

What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? 
Hands down, my Laura Ingalls Wilder “costume.”  There was a slight obsession with the “Little House” books and the TV show.  I had the neutral, floral printed dress; little, leather boots; leggings; long, piggy-tail braids; and the bonnet to seal the deal.  I say “costume,” but I definitely rocked this look more often than just Halloween.  It was an added bonus that I happened to look just like Melissa Gilbert as a child.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
Oh man…I see myself doing a million and one things.  To name a few…I hope to be fighting fires like a semi-pros, saving lives as an EMT, educating people about fitness and nutrition, raising awareness of the volunteer fire service, competing in crazy/exotic races and adopting a sweet puppy that I will name Garcia.

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be? Chris Powell, for sure.  He’s a transformation specialist.  Most recently, he is known for his TV show, “Extreme Makeover, Weight Loss Edition,” but he has been successful in transforming lives of the morbidly obese for some time now.  His passion for wanting to help those in need, his constant positive attitude, humble personality and genuinely, sweet smile are a few reasons why I’m his number one fan.  Did I mention how darn cute he is?

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only take 3 things OR one other C2C staff member with you what/who would they be?
Dennis Beck (Business Manager at C2C Philadelphia…and Boston actually).  This is the man to have around in a pinch.  He would cook me elaborate breakfasts, separate my whites from my coloreds, do my taxes (just because the island is deserted, I don’t assume I can avoid “the man”), and read me “Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket” before the sun goes down.

Thanks for all you do at C2C, Sarah! Stay tuned for more staff spotlights each Friday.

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