Name: Chloe Hintz
Hometown: Hebron, Nebraska
Affiliated Fund: Hebron Community Foundation Fund
School: University of Nebraska-Kearney
What projects are you working on this summer with your affiliated fund?
This summer I will mainly be focusing on the C4K (Community for Kids) application. After I have finished the application I will then follow through and help update the city website. I will also be helping at both the City and the TCEDA office in Hebron.
Why did you want to take this opportunity to participate in this internship?
At the University of Nebraska in Kearney, I am majoring in Elementary Education. Throughout my life I have always been very drawn to children. When this job was brought to me, I was told that I would be working on the C4K Application. If this application is approved, it will help Thayer County to institute more early childhood facilities. These new facilities will then attract more families to move to Thayer County because they will have more options for childcare. This will also help those already living in Thayer County but are not able to work due to the limited number of childcare facilities. This is something that I am very passionate about, and that passion will help me to create a change in my community.
How would you describe the experience so far?
I have already learned so much about my community. With that being said, I would describe this experience as eye opening, informational, and powerful. This opportunity not only helps interns learn about their community more in-depth, but it also allows those young individuals to begin creating change in their community in a way that they might not have seen possible prior to this internship.
What do you appreciate most about your community?
To me personally, I appreciate the fact that my community is as close as it is. Hebron, and Thayer County, are very good at supporting the individuals living there. In my community, you always have someone in your corner to help you and support you even if you don’t ask for it, and it is nice to know that you aren’t alone.
What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
Thayer County is at a point where it has a chance to grow/change significantly. I am excited to see how the community changes over the next few years. It is an older community that is becoming more modern and also growing. In the next few years it will change significantly, and I am excited to see that unfold.
What are you looking for in a place to call home?
Throughout my life, I have always pictured moving to a smaller town. I am not entirely sure that it will be Hebron, but I want to move to a similar rural community. I want a place that is inviting to me as I start my career as an educator. However, I also want the community to be able to support me (and my future family) as I age.