Clark University student, Mallory Kenney, came to Alternatives in the spring of 2011 as a volunteer in the Marketing and Development Department to fulfill the internship requirement for her M.B.A. program. During her first week she hit the ground running…literally. Mallory ran the 5K in the annual Valley Friendship Tour fundraiser and remembers that day fondly. “It was amazing to see all the people on the plaza that came out for the event and even though I barely knew anyone, I already started to feel a sense of community.”
From that day on, she fully embraced the Alternatives community. She began helping out at Alternatives’ free summer concert series, taking time out from manning the information table at the concerts to get up and dance on the plaza. “The concerts provided me the opportunity to get to know some of the individuals we serve and to show off some of my dance moves!”
In addition to her daily tasks as an intern, Mallory was able to apply her course work to the organization. Through her class on Video for Social Change and Empowerment, Mallory volunteered her time to make a campaign video outlining the benefits of volunteering at Alternatives. “After seeing all the ways Alternatives has benefited me through this internship, I wanted to give something useful and creative back to the organization.” You can see the video here.
Mallory believes working at Alternatives has solidified her goal to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. “This experience has gone above and beyond my expectations for an internship requirement and has shown me that with a little bit of hard work and a lot of passion, it’s possible to make a lasting difference in the world.”