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NICF Benefits from Summer Internships
Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment

Rachel Lenig and Olivia Hilliard.
Andrea Baker

This summer, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) received funding from the Lilly Endowment to hire interns who were seeking to gain experience with the Starke, Fulton, and Miami County Community Foundations.

Rachel Lenig is working with the Starke County Community Foundation in their North Judson office, along with Olivia Hilliard who splits her time between with the Fulton and Miami County offices, and Andrea Baker who was working on a special project in the Rochester office.

Rachel is working as the Communication/Office Intern and is assisting the Starke County Director of Development, Sarah Origer, with event coordination, office tasks, special writing assignments, and assisting with Community Foundation meetings and functions.  A sophomore at Valparaiso University, Rachel is studying nursing and is a 2014 Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Helping in both the Peru and Rochester offices, is Olivia Hilliard. Olivia resides in Plymouth, Indiana and is a senior at Indiana University. She is studying education and is also filling the role of Communication/Office Intern. Oliva has also been coordinating special events, helping the NICF office with basic needs, and creating marketing pieces for fundraisers.

One of the highlights of the summer has been the participation of both Olivia and Rachel at Knox Elementary School for “Kindergarten Roundup”. This program was made possible through funding from the Community Foundation’s Starke United Fund, IU Health-Starke Hospital, and the Indiana Association of United Ways.  This initiative provides vital preschool instruction to qualifying children who will start kindergarten at Knox Elementary this fall.

A special project was conducted by Andrea Baker. Andrea is a junior at Taylor University studying marketing and communications. She spent a couple of weeks doing a complete file audit at the NICF. This unique task was intensive and an important project that will help the NICF administer their funds appropriately. 

“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to employ these great young women thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment,” said Jay Albright, Executive Director of the NICF.  “It’s a good way for them to see what community foundations do for our counties, and we hope it encourages them to volunteer after they finish college.”

For more information, about the NICF, or to inquire about future paid internships call the NICF toll free at 877-432-6423, or write to Corinne Becknell Lucas, Program/Communication Director for the NICF at corinne@nicf.org.

 

Welcome to Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Since 1993, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF) has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The NICF serves the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties. This arrangement allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost-efficient. Thus gifts can do more for the counties they are given to.

The NICF is a public trust, a public charity that gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. Operating under state and federal laws, we work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Contact the NICF at 574.223.2227 or toll free 877.432.6423