Friday, December 17, 2010

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

As the holiday draws nearer, it is time to start saying goodbye to some familiar faces here at HSP. After the New Year, there will be new smiling faces filling the HSP building. Before we have to say goodbye to all the Fall interns, here is a chance to find out what working at HSP has meant to those interns.

The first intern is Katie; when she is not handling thclip_image002e tasks at the front desk, she is helping to assign volunteers to seniors for Holiday meals as well as getting/receiving feedback for those meals. She is also behind most of the thank you’s for the Delivery Day Volunteers and holiday meal volunteers. Her favorite part of interning is getting all the volunteers assigned to seniors and accomplishing something from start to finish. The biggest challenge she has faced is multitasking. She is going to miss interning at HSP and the routine of the many interesting tasks she’s assigned to do. Her advice to future interns is try not to get overwhelmed and allow yourself to learn something and enjoy the experience.

clip_image002[10]The second intern is Nicole, she focuses her work on creating excel sheets for both Megan the Children Project Coordinator and Sarah the Senior Citizen Project Coordinator. Also she organizes information and converses with people whether it is over the phone or face to face. Her favorite part of interning is doing service for others that truly need the support as well as all the people she works with. The biggest challenge that she has faced is learning the copier which has too many buttons and trays. When asked what she is going to miss the most she replied all the friends that I have made and also the atmosphere here. Her advice for the future interns is to be open minded about learning something new and have fun in what you’re doing.


Next is Kelly. You may see her face up at the front desk or answering clip_image002[12]the phones. She is also the words behind most of the daily blog and facebook. Her favorite part of interning her is getting the opportunity to do something meaningful each and every day. The biggest challenge that she has faced is multitasking. What she is going to miss the most is all the people that she met and got the opportunity to work with. Her advice to future interns is don’t be afraid to ask questions and have some fun.



clip_image002[14]Sharon is up next. She works hard on organizing and working on grants. She is also helps with speaking Spanish. Her favorite part about interning is talking to clients especially in Spanish. Her biggest challenge is organizing all 250 grants and keeping all the information in order. What she is going to miss the most is the meaning that comes from working in an organization that does fantastic things for the needy. Her advice to future interns is be flexible.

Then there is Lilianna. She works with the Senior Citizen Project Coclip_image002[16]ordinator Sarah the most. She corresponds with the seniors and helps them get the care they needed whether it was with getting glasses or hearing aids. Lilianna was also one of our Spanish speaking interns that would help with phone calls as well as translations.





clip_image002[18]There is also Abhi, he worked on Thank You’s as well doing Parent Notification letters for our Children Project Coordinator Megan. Abhi worked with Sarah our Senior Citizen Project Coordinator on many projects. These projects include redoing maps so they took our volunteers driver from one senior’s house to the next instead of from HSP to each senior’s house. In addition, he made phone calls to references and helped with mailings.

clip_image002[20]Then there is Josh. Josh worked mostly with Megan, the Children Project Coordinator. He worked hard on the Feed The Kids Manuel that will help when Feed The Kids rolls around again in June, July and August. He also did client relations and made phone calls and wrote thank you’s.




clip_image002[22]Last but not least there is Marissa; she gives her talents to the Senior Citizen Project. She coordinates the senior big wish list items as well confirm and find donors for Christmas food and toy drives. In addition, she writes the monthly thank you’s for senior donors. Marissa’s favorite part about interning here is the hands on experience she gets to have with the seniors. Her biggest challenge was the coordination between the big items and the seniors that received them. She is going to miss the office in general and all the positive things HSP does for the community. Her advice for future interns is to be flexible and help in many areas so you can get the full experience the internship has to offer.

HSP would like to thank all of their interns for all the hard work that they have done over the last 4 months. HSP is very blessed to have such a fantastic group giving their time and talents. We will miss you!!

HSP is looking for spring interns to start in January. These internships can be designed to fit the student’s schedule within our regular work hours of Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5.30 PM.  We would like, but do not require, 20-24 hours a week over a minimum period of 3 months. We are happy to work with students on the Federal Work Study Program. If you would like to be part of an organization that gives hope to the needy in DuPage and Kane County and have a rewarding experience. Contact Karole Kettering, Founder/Executive Director, at 630-221-8340, or e-mail, for more information. We cannot wait to hear from you!!

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