Name: Lexi Gross
Hometown: McCook, NE
College: Fort Hays State University
Affiliated Fund: McCook Community Foundation Fund
Why were you interested in this internship opportunity?
I was interested in this internship because I wanted to be able to serve my community. MCFF has allowed me to take what I am passionate about and apply it within my hometown. When I learned more about what I would be doing and who I would work alongside with, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something to help give back and inspire new ideas for the future of McCook.
What projects are you working on this summer for your affiliated fund?
This summer, I am creating platforms and using video, audio, print, and photography to tell McCook’s story. We have a lot of history and interesting people in this town, and we wanted to capture their stories on camera. Right now, I am currently working on a video series about members of McCook that created something unique in town, such as a business, organization, or entertainment. We want to showcase all the possibilities and opportunities in McCook, and I am working to bring that into the light.
What do you appreciate most about your hometown?
What I appreciate most about my hometown is the sense of community and togetherness. I was involved in a lot of activities growing up and it was always such an amazing feeling to have people throughout the community support what we were doing. Now that I am older and away at college, I still get encouragement and support even though I am not living here permanently for the time being. Everyone here is willing to come together whether it is to get behind a cause or create something new. It makes you feel important in this town.
How does it feel to be able to give back to your community?
Personally, I think it feels great to be able to give back to your community! As I mentioned before, they gave me so much and supported me all throughout growing up so I think it is important to give back and create a place that the next generations can enjoy just like I did.
What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
What excites me the most about the future of my community is the growth. Since working here this summer, I’ve been able to speak with so many different people, and they all have great ideas about how to improve our community. There are so many plans to create or renovate that are in the works and it makes me excited to see the progress that will be made down the road.
What characteristics do you look for in a place to call home? Why?
Some characteristics I look for in a place to call home include connection and comfort. I say connection because I think when we feel connected to our community and the people in it, we feel a sense of belonging and everyone just wants to belong to the place they call home. Then I also look for comfort which means I look for a place where I am able to relax and enjoy life. I think when life starts to get hectic, it is important to find comfort and stability in your home.