Name: Ben Arens
Affiliated Fund: Brown County Community Foundation Fund
College: University of Nebraska-Kearney
Why were you interested in this internship opportunity?
This internship opportunity was interesting because it allowed me to do meaningful work in my hometown while also providing a way for me to give back to the community that has invested so much in me and my future.
What projects are you working on this summer for your affiliated fund?
Brown County has two interns for the summer, so I’ve been lucky to work with Jacy Hafer. Our main project was creating a couple of marketing videos for our area. They showcase the three towns in Brown County while highlighting our community’s assets. We have also done some leadership development with the Brown County Youth Grant Committee and worked to increase our affiliated fund’s social media presence.
What do you appreciate most about your hometown?
I appreciate the way my hometown is supportive of all the various organizations, especially the youth ones. It’s amazing to see relationships form. I also really like how easy it is to involve yourself in our community and feel valued.
How does it feel to be able to give back to your community?
It feels awesome to be able to help my town. The people here have invested a lot in our youth, and they’ve helped shape me as a person.
What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
I’m excited because we have some very talented and motivated groups of people who are organizing and driving the positive changes. As long as we continue to keep active people in those groups, Brown County will always be in good hands.
What characteristics do you look for in a place to call home? Why?
When I think about the place I want to call home, belonging is the first word that comes to mind. Everyone wants to feel like their work and their opinion is valued, and a community that creates a sense of belonging among everyone is where I want to be.