Each summer we have volunteer groups who come from all over the country (hello Glendora, CA!) to spend a week working with us on housing projects and church projects and interns play a significant role in making the summer run smoothly. Thankfully these college kids have a lot of energy and dedication to keep the teams moving forward when it is 95 degrees outside and are willing to make countless trips to the warehouse to get more tools, water, or resources for projects. This summer, we have four outstanding interns working with our volunteer groups.
David Etienne is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice at Miles College. He is from Haines City, Florida where he played "just a little bit of football" for powerhouse Auburndale HS. He currently plays for Miles College, so he works out early every morning with the team and then joins us to lead groups and projects! David has an immense amount of joy and is eager to help out wherever he is needed. David has spent the month of June working at Urban Hope camp in Fairfield, and they couldn't be more impressed with him. Everyplace we put him, they call and ask if he can come back because he is such a blessing to be around and is so good with the kids!
Taharia Morgan is a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has lived all over the world but calls Chicago and Montgomery home. She is majoring in Public Health with a minor in Business Management. Taharia never stops smiling and is quick to try new things. She recently learned how to use the sawzall while conquering a small fear of heights, and laughed the entire time! Taharia is a hard worker, dedicated to finishing the job, excellent with the youth, and makes each project fun.
Abigail Brock is a senior at Samford University. She is majoring in Accounting and is from LaGrange, Georgia. Abigail has an excellent spirit and handles anything we throw her way. She is very detailed, which we love, but she also has a way of making the volunteers feel special and noticed. Abigail decided she wanted to do an internship outside of her normal accounting world and she has taken group management on factastically. She is lots of fun, and we even caught her racing our construction truck through the parking lot to see how fast she could run before a recent volunteer project!
Zac Parker is a senior at Samford University majoring in Business Administration, Management. He is from Dothan, AL, and is exploring all the aspects of working in ministry. Last summer Zac interned at a local church and then spent an hour a week with our spring interns and Tracy Hipps learning about community development and how a non-profit, like CSM, can support the vision of the local church. Zac is a great listener and genuinely wants to know all sides of the story and not just the narrative that makes him most comfortable. We love Zac's inquisitiveness and his desire to learn and are excited we are getting to know him more this summer.