Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 and established in Strafford County in May of 1965.
Published on July 28, 2023 | Meet the Team
Welcome to our interview with Eli, one of our interns at Community Action Partnership of Strafford County this summer of 2023!
We are so grateful to our summer interns for stepping in and helping out CAPSC in a major way this summer. From meal prep for Summer Meals to creating a new program guide for our families to raising money for our upcoming Golf Tournament to entering and analyzing data through our internal software system EmpowOR, our summer interns have had a major impact on CAPSC’s programs and operations.
In these interviews, they share their experiences as college students and young adults entering the professional world through this opportunity with CAPSC. Although they have been involved in some of the same events and programs over the past couple months, they have each been drawn to different areas of the organization based on personal interests. We discuss how these interests have shaped their experiences and what lessons they have learned along the way.
Why did you choose CAPSC for your summer internship?
Eli: I chose to intern at CAPSC because it gave me an opportunity to contribute to an organization that helps the community I have been a part of my whole life. While making a difference for others, I am also able to make a difference for myself by working on applicable workplace skills like collaboration, organization, writing, communication, and social media.
What things have you been involved with at CAPSC this summer?
Eli: This summer, I have mostly been involved with the Advancement team to help in the planning process for the upcoming CAPSC Classic Golf Tournament. More specifically, I am part of a small team responsible for reaching out to organizations and businesses across Strafford County and the northeast to gather donations. These donations help raise funds for our Early Care and Education Program. I have also designed some of the social media posts for our Instagram and Facebook accounts as part of my role with the Advancement team. In addition, I have worked at the front desk, been involved with the food pantry, and contributed some time to the Summer Meals program.
What has been your favorite part of the internship so far, and what have you learned from it?
Eli: I would say my favorite part of my internship has been the opportunity to collaborate with fellow staff to accomplish different goals here. I have been able to contribute to, and be involved in, the planning of multiple different projects and events this summer. A couple examples of events I have helped with are the upcoming CAPSC Classic Golf Tournament and an all-staff barbecue. Even with my social media responsibilities, I feel that with every post I design, I get better at determining what fits, what doesn’t fit, and what will look best for the occasion. So, with all that being said, I would say that I have learned how to bring my collaboration skills to a new environment and make them work no matter what the assignment or goal is.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve taken away from your experience at CAPSC?
Eli: I would say the biggest lesson I’ve taken away from this experience is one that was already in my head, and it has only been affirmed by my time working at CAPSC. When you are put in a position where you have the opportunity to help a client in a time of need, your kindness and personability can go a long way and possibly change somebody’s day for the better. This is a lesson that I find is transferable not only to other fields of work, but also daily life.
Has this experience influenced your future goals? If yes, how?
Eli: This experience has helped me form a better picture of what aspects of a field of work I enjoy doing. When working towards a goal, I find that I enjoy going to other spaces when it is necessary to get something done there. I also find that I enjoy writing and working towards perfection on things. So, overall, this internship has helped me figure out what kind of career I eventually want to settle into: one that requires me to work on projects while also having time to work in the field.
Our Early Care and Education Program is rooted in the Head Start Approach to School Readiness, wherein children ages 0-5 grow socially, emotionally, intellectually, and cognitively, in preparation for elementary education. Children are creative and receptive, and our staff planning revolves around the needs and cues from each child. By respecting and encouraging individual abilities, we hope to develop a strong feeling of self-worth in each child.
Our 22nd Annual CAPSC Classic Golf Tournament is coming up soon! Join us and enjoy a fun, relaxing day of golf at the beautiful Cochecho Country Club in Dover. The CAPSC Classic is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds benefit the kids at CAPSC. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for our Early Care and Education Program.