Major: Kinesiology and Health
Company/Organization: Mid-Iowa Community Action
Company/Organization website: http://www.micaonline.org
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Advisor/Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was responsible for...
-Bring in and weigh food donations -Sign individuals up for the food pantry -Aid with the overall organization of the food pantry -Fill out reduced fee prices for city pool passes -Enter and log food pantry pickup for individuals in the database -Pick up food donations -File customer files -Sort new food donations -Go on home visits with the family development specialists -Work on updating the resource guide -Create recipes based on food in the pantry to give out to families -Reach out to companies and organizations in the community for possible donations -Help to organize the parent training session -Schedule appointments -Inform individuals and answer questions (specifically concerning energy and rent assistance, resources in the community, and LIHEAP)
I was able to learn about all of the resources available to individuals in the community as well as government associated assistance and grants. It was extremely beneficial to know all of the resources in our area, as it made it easier for me to refer individuals.
There are so many resources in the community that many people don't realize are out there, so it is important to get the word out about these amazing organizations.
Advice for others...
I would recommend interning for MICA during the fall or spring semesters when there is more going on. There was work for me to do in the summer, but I know they have more events going on during the fall and spring that would be interesting to help with (such as fundraising events).