Name: Luke Partsch
Hometown: Nebraska City
Affiliated Fund: Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund
School: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
What projects are you working on this summer with your affiliated fund?
I am working on the Dream Switch project, including some related events, such as a postcard contest. I am also working to revitalize our Youth Advisory Committee and develop a community arts inventory. A big focus of our affiliated fund is inviting back potential returners and welcoming newcomers, and my projects revolve around that.
Why did you want to take this opportunity to participate in this internship?
Being in college made me feel somewhat disconnected from my community, and I had less of an emphasis on service than I was used to. I thought that doing an internship such as this would help me refocus my values and actually apply myself for the good of my community. I also know how great Nebraska City Community Foundation Fund is and was eager to become involved.
How would you describe the experience so far?
So far, I have had a wonderful time having meetings with people and growing connections within the community. Building a network between groups has helped me with my projects so far and I am excited to continue my work throughout the rest of the summer. Additionally, I have taken part in our affiliated fund’s FAC meetings and have gained a new perspective into the exact mission and values of our fund, and how those values translate into positive action.
What do you appreciate most about your community?
Nebraska City has been the perfect home for me. Its small-town nature carries so many benefits, while we still are large enough to have several active churches and two great schools. Nebraska City, as the home of Arbor Day, has a large focus on trees, so I grew up planting trees and learning about the history of my town every year. That tradition, as well as many others, have made me feel connected to Nebraska City, and the efforts of groups such as NCCFF really helped to cultivate a sense of ownership and belonging.
What excites you the most when you think about the future of your community?
I am excited to see where all of the projects in town end up. There are so many people with great ideas, and if those ideas can connect with each other, I know that Nebraska City will really become even more incredible.
What are you looking for in a place to call home?
I am looking for a community that has engagement. A community that has a good sense of pride and ownership. This can take root with events, festivals, and projects, or really anything that involves the people in the community. A community that values involvement while making it fun to be involved is bound to be a great home.