From L-R: Chloe, Taylor, Madison, Megan

The Faith that Works office is buzzing with energy and activity. Four young women - Chloe, Taylor, Megan and Madison - started working with us this week as summer interns. Three are working with us through AmeriCorps, a federally funded service program, and will further develop the education and outreach components of our work with Hispanic families in the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park. We're excited for these women to join the mission and want you to get to know them too: What are you looking forward to in your work this summer?

Chloe: I am looking forward to researching immigration law in the state of Missouri, and federally, as well as working with the Hispanic community and improving my Spanish.

Taylor: I am very much looking forward to working with the kids in Chesterfield. I got the opportunity to meet them a few weeks ago and cannot wait to return. I am also excited to learn and understand how nonprofit organizations operate on a day-to-day basis and especially the chance to see the progress we have made by the end of the summer and what it does to further the Kingdom of God.

Megan: I am really looking forward to working with the kids. I am in school right now to be a teacher, so working with kids is something I really enjoy.

Madison: I am very much looking forward to working with everyone in the office as well as the families in Chesterfield.

What interests you about the programs and mission of Faith that Works?

Chloe: Because my undergraduate major was international affairs, I desire to work in a field that has a global focus, and Faith that Works has exactly that. I desire to work with communities who have less agency in improving their lives like the Hispanic community in Chesterfield, MO, and helping those who need help.

Taylor: What really attracted me to the mission at Faith that Works was the way they operate. They seem to place a lot of importance on meeting people where they are at and meeting those needs first before anything. That is something that is important to me as I believe it is the best way to reach people.

Megan: I think the message of Faith that Works is really cool. I love the way they just love and take care of people to point them to God.

Madison: I have known Terri Stipanovich (FTW's Founder) for a long time and therefore, I have been familiar with Faith that Works. This organization interests me because I can personally see the work and service in action. I love how Faith that Works helps not only internationally, but in our own community as well - and volunteers are encouraged to actively get involved and help out.

What is one skill or area of knowledge you’d like to grow in this summer?

Chloe: This summer I would like to learn more about the Hispanic community in St. Louis. I would also like to develop the skill of working with individuals whose first language is not English in terms of some of the Somali immigrants and Hispanic community in St. Louis.

Taylor: I would love to grow in my knowledge and ability to find grants, write them, and reach out to organizations that can help further our mission.

Megan: I am excited to learn more about the Hispanic Outreach and the people there.

Madison: This summer, I would like to learn more about the accounting field and gain experience through specific accounting related projects and work.

What experience have you had with nonprofits or mission-focused organizations in the past?

Chloe: During my undergraduate college years, I was involved in multiple volunteer opportunities, from tutoring underprivileged youth to attending an Alternative Spring Break experience in Atlanta where I rehabilitated homes and worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta.

From November 2013 to November 2014, I served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) for the non-profit Connections to Success. Its mission is to empower individuals from backgrounds of incarceration, poverty and/or domestic abuse with the resources of hope, a life plan, and workforce development skills to gain sustainable employment and financial independence. My responsibilities included editing and publishing the participant newsletter on a bi-monthly basis, developing curriculum for the children's program, developing procedures for technology and bringing a community college workforce development skill class on-site for the participants.

Taylor: My father works for a non-profit that helps fund and partners with smaller non-profits that are on mission. I've been blessed with the opportunity to spend time around those organizations and people, traveling with them on mission trips to Guatemala, Italy, and Argentina. At school I am part of Campus Outreach (an outreach program through The Journey Church), and through them I had the chance to spend last summer in Orlando, FL, learning and growing both in the mission field and in my personal relationship with Jesus.

Megan: The only experience I have had is volunteering in the kids' ministry at my church.

Madison: I have volunteered with Faith that Works before, helping with the galas that Terri put on. I was a volunteer in the two-year-old room of children's church at St. Louis Family Church for three years. In addition, I volunteered at Promise Christian Academy during my senior year and another special education school in Fort Worth, TX, during my freshman year of college. Also, for two years, I was a volunteer at the Special Olympics.

What do you consider your hometown?

Chloe: St. Louis, MO, is my hometown. My main area of residence has been in the suburbs in West County, but I have explored a lot of St. Louis through previous jobs.

Taylor: Franklin, Tennessee, is the city where I was born and raised. I moved to St. Louis when I was 18 to start school at Washington University. After two years here I am much more familiar with the city but still have a lot of exploring to do!

Megan: St. Louis is my hometown. 

Madison: St. Louis is my hometown. I have lived here my entire life.

What is one thing you hope to do or see while in St. Louis this summer?

Chloe: This summer I hope to visit the Basilica in St. Louis as an art cultural aficionado and also climb the Arch.

Taylor: I am really looking forward to the Fourth of July celebration this summer in Forest Park. My family is coming up to spend the holidays with me, and it will be the first time they've seen St. Louis in the summer.

Megan: Though I am from St. Louis, I have never been to the Muny, so I would love to make it there this summer.

Madison: This summer I hope to go to many concerts as well as multiple Cardinals games. I also want to try a lot of different restaurants that I've never been to in various areas because I love food.

If you could travel to one place in the world, where would you go and what would you want to do there?

Chloe: I would like to travel to London, England, and visit the Victoria and Albert Museum because Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were fundamental to the development of the English welfare state and had a very rich, romantic love story.

Taylor: That's hard, there's too many places. Probably Greece. I would love to just travel around outside and see the beauty of everything there.

Megan: If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go to Cape Town, South Africa.  I love being around the ocean, and because Cape Town is so cultured, I would love to just explore the city and meet the people.

Madison: If I could travel to one place in the world, I would want to go to Italy. I've always had a desire to go there. I would want to spend my time traveling around, seeing different sites, and experiencing the food and culture.

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