The summer has drawn to an end for me and that means the end of an amazing internship with The Memorial Foundation and Children’s Village. I am now returning to my apartment in Ellensburg to continue my degree in Public Relations and Nonprofit Administration at Central Washington University.
As a child, I was no stranger to the Village. Many health conditions filled my childhood, but I came to love the people there very much. So I had no hesitation in contacting an old friend when I was looking to start my career of helping children with special needs. I began working in June and was delighted with the available opportunities. It feels as if the summer flew by, but I know that I accomplished a lot and learned even more.
Follow the Children’s Village Facebook page (if you haven’t “liked” them yet, do it now!) and read the various stories of Village Experts, Aubrey’s Adventures, and Camp S.O.S updates on the blog. Those were some of my projects during my internship. I also coordinated the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Miracle Treat Day campaign within the Memorial Hospital staff, as well as helping with various other events throughout the summer, such as the Cabela’s Fishing Derby, Art in the Orchard, the Golf to Give Classic, and the day Kasey Kahne came to Yakima to see two Miracle Children and the Actively Changing Together (ACT) kids. However, one of my favorite parts of the summer was Girls Group and Camp S.O.S meetings every week. It was so much fun to learn more about the children I hope to be serving one day.
I learned so much from my mentors, the community and the children this summer that I will carry with me as I take on my real-world career. For example, everyone’s story (even mine) is extremely important, hard work never ends and tears are not a bad thing. I wish everyone at The Memorial Foundation and Children’s Village good luck as they continue with all of their adventures and I promise to stay in touch!