View from an Intern
By Allison Gregory, Communications Intern, Summer 2014
There are so many things we take for granted every day. As a soon-to-be sophomore at Ball State University, I’ve certainly complained my fair share about dorm life. The closet was too small. The people in my hall were too loud. My lofted bed was a pain. These were my concerns, but what I failed to acknowledge was that I was safe, I was comfortable, and I had a roof over my head.
Going into my communications internship with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville, I was not quite sure what to expect. I hoped to gain some experience, to get a bit of hands-on work for a nonprofit organization. Throughout my summer here, I certainly did accomplish this. However, what I can take with me from this experience is so much more.
From day one, I was involved both in the office and on the work sites. Through my time spent in the office, I have been inspired by the passion that the individuals behind all of Habitat’s efforts have for their work. I had heard Habitat’s mission – put God’s love into action by bringing people and communities together by building homes and hope – and I could truly see each person’s desire to make this goal a reality.
In addition to this, I loved meeting partner families and volunteers on the work sites. It is so encouraging to witness how quickly progress can be made on a home when a community comes together to work and help each other. As I photographed several groups of volunteers throughout the summer, I could observe as they put in hard work and dedicated hours of time. It really has been a great experience to watch as people in the community come together in this way.
As the summer has passed and the walls have gone up, I’ve continued to learn and be inspired by the people and the work done at Habitat. This has truly been an eye-opening experience for me, and I look forward to taking what I have learned from this organization with me as I continue on in my college career. And as I return to my lofted bed and noisy neighbors this fall, I hope to keep my Habitat memories near to my heart, to appreciate the opportunities I have, and to remember the good that we all can do for one another.