Thursday, August 7, 2014

Goodbye to some of the best summer interns ever!

This week will be a very hard week for HSP as we are saying goodbye to 4 interns in a
matter of 3 days. The First ones to go were Bailey and Laura, who enjoyed their last day working on Feed the Kids’ distribution day, yesterday. Bailey Hicks began working here at the end of May as a grant intern. She spent many an hour writing and researching grants to apply to, as well as helping out in other tasks like supervising volunteers. She also occasionally helped out Michelle, Senior Citizen Project Coordinator, with various tasks for the Senior Citizen Project. Bailey’s hard work and dedication have enabled HSP to find new opportunities to fund our programs to better support the needy seniors and families we serve. As the summer officially ends Bailey will head back to the University of Illinois- Champaign-Urbana where she is majoring in English.
Bailey and Laura
    Another University of Illinois student, Laura LoVetere started in late May; Laura was a community outreach intern here at HSP. She spent her time supporting the Children’s Birthday Project, Feed the Kids and performing outreach phone calls to our clients. Laura let her creative spirit shine as she designed our monthly newsletter, library displays and display boards in our HSP center. Laura will be returning to school to work on her double major, French and Communications, but will soon jet off to Paris for her spring semester.
Alex Graaff. began working at HSP in June as a community outreach intern. She worked on projects such as creating new display boards for our different programs; communicating with clients about upcoming events, supervising volunteer groups, as well as updating and inputting information into spreadsheets. In addition to all the work she completed, Alex had time to work on press releases and performing outreach calls to the community. In a few weeks Alex will head back to Loyola University in Chicago where she will begin her junior year and continue pursuing her major in journalism. 
Alex and Matt
Matt Kole joined the crew in mid June as a marketing intern. He has worked in the field of his passion, marketing by formulating and enacting an outreach campaign to educate numerous local communities about our programs at HSP. Matt has also had the pleasure of writing senior updates for the Senior Citizen Project; this entailed interviewing the seniors in our SCP program. Matt was also able to step away from his busy marketing schedule to help supervise different volunteering experiences and send packages of food out to needy families on Feed the Kids’ distribution days. Matt will begin his first semester as a senior business administration and marketing major, with a sociology minor, at Augustana College this fall.

All 4 interns will equally be missed! It would have been a hard summer without their creative minds working hard on supporting HSP’s important mission. Best of luck to all of you!

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