Name: Haley Faust
Hometown: Columbus, NE
Affiliated Fund: Columbus Area Future Fund
College: University of Nebraska- Lincoln
Why were you interested in this internship opportunity?
I was initially interested in this internship because I thought it would allow me to really utilize my strengths and prior experience. In addition, I have only worked for for-profit organizations and the University of Nebraska, so I was interested to learn about the unique perspectives that come with working for a non-profit. I was also excited about the work itself, as it is directly related to helping those who are most in need in the Columbus community.
What projects are you working on this summer for your affiliated fund?
This summer, I am working with the Columbus Area Future Fund in conjunction with the Columbus Area United Way. I have been conducting research in the Columbus area to identify barriers and challenges in the community that may be preventing individuals from achieving financial stability in their lives. After identifying these barriers, I will be looking to identify and develop systems for the United Way to better serve the community in its employability and financial needs.
What do you appreciate most about your hometown?
Growing up, I have always appreciated the great community aspect that exists in Columbus. I have always felt known, loved, and supported here. Especially after starting this internship, I have seen firsthand the number of people in Columbus working to better our town and help those in need. People here really care about one another, and I love that.
How does it feel to be able to give back to your community?
It feels great to give back to a community that gave me so much growing up. It has been especially rewarding to do work that will directly impact those in need and struggling with financial stability. There are so many hardworking individuals that find it hard to make ends meet, so I enjoy going to work every day knowing that my research will someday improve the lives of those individuals.
What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
Columbus is currently blessed to have an abundance of non-profits and people working to make a difference in their community. I am on calls almost every day with people who are dedicating their lives to improve the lives of others. I think that this hard work will certainly pay off in the years to come, giving Columbus a bright future and making it an even better place to live.
What characteristics do you look for in a place to call home? Why?
When I eventually look for a place to settle down in, I will definitely be looking for a place that gives me the same sense of community that I had the privilege of experiencing growing up in. In addition to having a community that gives me career opportunities, I want to be surrounded by individuals that care about one another and are working to make their community a better place to live for all.