Come my junior year of college at The University of Arkansas it was time to figure out what direction I was going to take my Marketing degree in. While I looked around my classes surrounded by people driven by the big businesses that Northwest Arkansas had to offer, I knew I wanted something different. I knew I wanted to do big things with my degree, as did the other students, but I want to do something that promoted a greater cause and could dramatically impact and influence other’s lives. When it came time to look for spring internships I had a friend who previously interned for United Way. I was very interested in learning about nonprofits and jumped at the opportunity to volunteer and intern for one.
As a Marketing intern at United Way I have been able to learn so much more about nonprofit agencies and how specifically United Way is trying to make a change and how they promote this change in the Northwest Arkansas area. If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t quite sure what exactly United Way NWA did when I first applied. Now, I understand how effectively they connect people around the community with volunteer opportunities and how hard they are working to provide a pathway out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas.
I am only here two days a week, but whenever I am here I usually assist in scheduling post on our social media outlets, mostly Twitter, or call other partner agencies to assist them in signing up for upcoming events in the community. Mainly I’ve been promoting a couple of events coming up and other volunteer opportunities, like Live United Day and the Poverty Simulation! There has not been a single day that I haven’t felt welcome at United Way NWA. The people I work with are insanely passionate about what they do and live to fulfill United Way’s mission every day. The atmosphere at the office is always very positive and everyone is willing to help you. Similarly everyone is willing to help their community in any way they can. It feels good to know that I work with people who truly care about what they do and don’t look at their position as just a 9-5 job.
United Way’s mission and employees have already taught me so much about how we should genuinely care for our community and how to make it a better place to live every day. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here, but I’m especially excited to participate in some of the events coming up this spring. I learn more and more about this organization every day and look forward to the day that I can teach others in the community more about how they can help find a pathway out of poverty for children in NWA, and how to truly “ Live United”!