Hometown Intern – Abigail Moody

Name: Abigail Moody
Hometown: Burwell, NE
Affiliated Fund: Valley County Community Foundation Fund
College: Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

Why were you interested in this internship opportunity?
I was interested in the internship because it offered a great opportunity to advance my skills in public relations and communications, while working with great people and giving back to my community.

What projects are you working on this summer for your affiliated fund?
I am working on Asset Based Community Development through Arts Asset Mapping, working to discover and document the arts assets in our community. I am also working on some marketing materials for the VCCFF, including graphic design and social media.

What do you appreciate most about your hometown?
I love the good-hearted people, I love the wide-open spaces, and I love the Sandhill sunsets. I really appreciate that, because I live in a small town, there are a lot of opportunities to be involved.

How does it feel to be able to give back to your community?
It feels very fulfilling. I feel like I’m creating a legacy for future generations and getting to make a mark here. This place helped teach me what I love to do and where my strengths and gifts lie, and now that I’ve refined those gifts in college, I’m able to use them to give back. It feels like things have come full circle.

What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
I feel like this community is in a really good position to grow a lot in the next few years, especially in the arts. Specifically, I’m seeing opportunities become available that I would have loved during high school, and that makes me really excited for future generations.

What characteristics do you look for in a place to call home? Why?
I look for a place with a community that accepts change and has people that want to get to know you for who you are, not just what they’ve heard about you. I look for a place with opportunities for growth, both personal and in the community. These are things that I’ve seen the value of as I’ve grown up, and things that I want my future family to get to experience.