We have been very fortunate to receive the funding to employ two interns in our MYPath and Community Foundation operations this year. In order to provide a robust intern experience, I invited our intern Beth Mauder to take over the OCCF column this week. Thanks, Beth.
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Your Owen County Community Foundation has been fortunate in the past to receive the help of various college students through internship programs with this summer and fall being no exception. Lilly Endowment has an internship program for Community Foundations in Indiana to apply for grants to pay interns to work during the school or summer semester. So, that’s exactly what we did. This summer and fall Collin Caudell is working as the MYPath intern and Beth Mauder is working this fall as the Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations intern.
Collin grew up in a suburb on the outskirts of Bedford, Indiana. He later graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2011. Then in 2016, he began attending IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with the goal of attaining a master’s in Environmental Science as well as Public Affairs as part of its dual MSES/MPA degree program. Prior to interning here at your OCCF, he had worked as an intern for several entities while also exploring the job market. He apprenticed with a local architect on the construction of various homes made from natural materials, led a weekly community garden work-date for a prominent Bloomington food pantry, and assisted with the expansion of a local nursery and farm specializing in native and useful landscaping plants. This all helped him prepare for his current internship helping maintain and manage the MYPath trail behind the Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District office as well as its project of demonstrating to the public various techniques for restoring native habitat on previously cropped floodplain land while still retaining long-term economic benefits.
Throughout his internship with your OCCF, Collin has attended several workshops where he has learned about the establishment and maintenance of pollinator habitats and state-wide conservation efforts related to non-native invasive plant species. He will be implementing the information by helping design a trial pollinator habitat on the SWCD’s land. Collin also has been trained to conduct landowner invasive plant surveys which help identify and prioritize management plans for controlling or eradicating invasive plants from Owen County residents’ lands.
While Collin spends the majority of his time outside, Beth Mauder finds herself meeting with donors or visiting organizations that have received OCCF grants in the past. She was born and raised in Spencer and graduated from Owen Valley High School in 2015. Beth attends Indiana State University as a Communication major with focuses in Journalism and Media Studies and a Nonprofit Leadership minor. This is actually her second internship with a Community Foundation; she served as the Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations intern this past spring at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation. Aside from her experience in the nonprofit sector, she serves as an on-air talent for ESPN3 for volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball. This past summer, Beth interned in Louisville, Kentucky, at CBS Interactive, CBS’s online forum, as a video production intern.
With your OCCF, Beth works on social media websites, writes stories for our newsletters, and gets to see firsthand how the grants we award are making your communities better places to grow, work, and live. As the 16th Annual SMV Realty LLC ~ Jim Fulford Golf Open approaches on Thursday, September 20th, she’ll be able to help prepare and execute the event. Of course, your OCCF is moving offices on October 1, so Beth will also get to experience all of the events and happenings that revolve around a big move like this. We also hope to have her work on writing stories about all of the legacies behind the funds here to preserve these individuals’ stories for years to come. These are a lot of similar projects that she worked on at WVCF, so we are excited to watch her skillsets grow.
Both Collin and Beth are expected to graduate from their separate universities in December 2018. We will be sad to see them go, but also excited for them as they begin this new chapters in their lives. Lilly Endowment deserves a huge thank you – without their grant program, we may not have been able to gain these two individuals as interns.
Your Owen County Community Foundation is committed to helping our communities become better places to live, grow, and work.
If you would like to learn more about how you can work with your OCCF on supporting charitable works, give me a call at 812-829-1725, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit us online at www.owencountycf.org or our Facebook page, or stop by and visit us in person at our office on the second floor of the Owen County State Bank building at 201 W. Market. Reminder: effective October 1 of this year, we’ll be moving to our new office at 60 E. Market Street on the Courthouse Square.