Annual Fund for Career Readiness Recipient
“Ever since I can remember I’ve had the same dream: to change animal welfare, whether it be through humane education, a physical rescue, or structural improvements to shelters.” From organizing bake sales to chartering an animal rights club, Alexa has worked to make that dream a reality since middle school. It was only natural, then, for Alexa to seek out an internship with Main Line Animal Rescue, a nationally recognized animal shelter and humane education organization.
Alexa worked directly with MLAR’s Director of Development to devise her own internship. She independently planned and led a community-based fundraising event, created digital fundraising kits for use at third-party events, and collaborated with MLAR’s education director to organize and lead educational activities for community members. “These projects provided me the opportunity to work on logistical planning, develop marketing materials, manage a budget, improve my communication skills, develop my time management skills, work on my writing skills, and everything in between.”
Alexa’s contributions were more successful than she had imagined. At MLAR’s fundraiser, “we hoped to break even, and our (extremely high) goal was to raise $5,000;” however, thanks to Alexa’s leadership, the event raised $7,000 and drew in over 300 potential new donors and volunteers. “I can honestly say that my internship at MLAR was a dream come true—I worked at an organization that I have looked up to as a role model in the animal welfare world, and I was able to personally design my internship to support my future career goals in development work and humane education.”
- Date July 19, 2016
- Tags 2016, Annual Fund for Career Readiness, First Year, Social Service, USA