Partners in the Community: Archived Narratives
Peace Corps Fellows Lend a Brotherly Hand
In a fortunate marriage of human resources and need, BBF also partners with the Fellows/USA program through Duquesne University to place Peace Corps Fellows in a variety of projects throughout the organization. "Their assignments are as varied as our needs," says Karen Dempsey, BBF vice president for development and administration.
Peace Corps Fellows Promote Business Development in the Bronx
Since 2008, Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID), a local nonprofit organization, and Fordham University have been partnering to offer internships to Peace Corps Fellows interested in improving the economic well–being of this busy thoroughfare and of the people whose economic livelihood depends upon business conducted there.
Fellows are World Wise for SmartMoney
Lisa Roberts–Rosser, executive director of the Cincinnati nonprofit organization SmartMoney, describes her organization's partnership with Peace Corps Fellows from the University of Cincinnati as “a marriage made in heaven.” SmartMoney works throughout the greater Cincinnati area providing financial services and economic education to the city's underserved citizens. University of Cincinnati Fellows come to Smart Money internships with the experience of their Peace Corps service and with graduate–level training in community planning or regional development.
University of Arizona Fellows Bring Their Talents to the United Way
Cheyenne Arreola, who oversees volunteer recruitment for UWTSA, says Peace Corps Fellows bring something special to its internships. She acknowledges she was initially somewhat surprised by these students’ ability to work on local community projects, given their backgrounds in international development: "In the initial stage you think, 'really?', but then you see them in action," she says adding, "They come back with a special awareness from being in a poor country, and the challenges that they face with our communities here are not necessarily so different."
Last updated Jan 30 2014
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