North Penn rnited Way starts in­tern pro­gram to im­prove im­pact on the community

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bradley Sch­legel

The North Penn rnited Way is seek­ing three in­terns for the up­com­ing school year.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s new pro­gram had added non-paid po­si­tions for vol­un­teer en­gage­ment, community im­pact and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to Kris­ten Fisher, the NPrW’s di­rec­tor of vol­un­teerism.

She said peo­ple of col­lege age and older are in­vited to ap­ply.

“This or­ga­ni­za­tion has al- ways re­lied on vol­un­teers to help with our work,” Fisher said. “We de­cided we wanted to for­mal­ize the pro­gram and im­prove our im­pact on the community.”

The in­terns placed in these po­si­tions will play in­te­gral roles in the community im­pact work be­ing em­ployed by the North Penn rnited Way staff, ac­cord­ing to Stephanie Si­mon, the agency’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The po­si­tions — which can be full time or part time — will run dur­ing the fall and spring se­mes­ter, ac­cord­ing to Fisher.

She said the in­terns will be re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing ar­range­ments with their schools to earn cred­its and that the North Penn rnited Way will pro­vide the nec­es­sary job de­scrip­tions and per­for­mance re­views upon re­quest.

Ac­cord­ing to Fisher, ap­pli­cants should have ex­cel­lent writ­ten and ver­bal skills, ba­sic com­puter skills, be in­de­pen­dent cre­ative thinkers and be able to work in­de­pen­dently.

She said they should also be pre­pared to use their tal­ents to build re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple in the community.

The vol­un­teer en­gage­ment in­tern will work with Fisher to in­crease vol­un­teerism in the North Penn and In­dian Val­ley com­mu­ni­ties as well as re­ceive the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect peo­ple with qual­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties to serve, build ca­pac­ity for lo­cal vol­un­teerism, pro­mote vol­un­teerism and raise aware­ness of the value of vol­un­teer­ing in the community, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the agency.

The community im­pact in­tern — work­ing un­der Linda Abram, the di­rec­tor of community im­pact — will par­tic­i­pate in plan­ning and con­duct­ing community im­pact ac­tiv­i­ties that achieve strate­gic goals, meet crit­i­cal community needs and im­prove lives in North Penn and In­dian Val­ley as well as be en­gaged in di­rect pro­gram ac­tiv­i­ties that build healthy com­mu­ni­ties, cre­ate fiQDQFLDl VWDbLlLWy, SUoPoWH ed­u­ca­tion and re­spond to emer­gency needs for peo­ple of all ages throughout North Penn and In­dian Val­ley re­gions, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­tern, who will work with Si- mon, will be re­spon­si­ble for as­sist­ing staff with com­mu­ni­ca­tion and vis­i­bil­ity ef­forts on be­half of the North Penn rnited Way, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the agency. It states that the key re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will in­clude as­sist­ing with mar­ket­ing projects, work­ing with staff to cre­ate copy for web­site, as­sist­ing with pub­lish­ing email blasts, de­sign and lay­out of brochures and so­cial me­dia ef­forts.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the North Penn rnited Way’s in­tern pro­gram, visit www.npuw.org or call 215855-3002.

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