Inspirational

Shannon’s Intern Experience

I am a journalism student. I spend the majority of my time reading, writing, reporting, and just trying to become better at what I do. When I began thinking about what I wanted to do for internships, if we’re being honest, a nonprofit was not in the forefront my mind. However, after an entire semester of working for one, I am so incredibly glad I did. I have learned things about dedication, hard work, and stepping out of your comfort zone here that a for-profit may never be able to teach me. I think that the most beneficial experiences we have are when we are taught to appreciate something bigger than ourselves. It would have been easy to make this internship all about myself. That is what an internship is for anyway, right? That it’s purpose is to serve me; my learning, my resume, my experience, etc. Thankfully, that was not the case.

Although I did learn many things for my own benefit, such as learning how to write as the face of an entire organization, how to meet deadlines, and how to take constructive criticism, the greater thing is I learned more about Humbly I Serve, how nonprofits operate, serving others and ultimately serving God. I learned how to push through those random days that consist of seemingly tedious tasks when, in reality, everything we do its for a bigger cause. Every email sent and every small task counts and that is what makes this internship so worthwhile.

Humbly I Serve is unique in the way that it not only tries to help people through the gift of physical provision (eye glasses, eye clinic, Seaside Adventure Camp, etc.), it reaches people with the love and gospel of Jesus. Giving a pair of glasses to someone who needs them has a temporary, earthly significance. But by providing those glasses, we have the opportunity to bring that person into a relationship with Jesus Christ. At that point, it becomes an eternal significance.

I may not be the person going to Haiti or St. Thomas or directly speaking to someone about Jesus, however, I can write a blog or newsletter that helps send someone else to do that.
No matter what the task, it has eternal value and that is how God uses us to expand His kingdom. I never had to question whether or not my work is making an impact because I know that God uses everything for His glory. In reality, what may seem like ordinary work to others is truly a blessing if I am able to bring glory to God. It is the most beautiful picture painted by the perfect Artist.

These are just a few of the things I have learned by interning at Humbly I Serve and if you are reading this, debating whether to pursue an internship with HIS or not, I would encourage you to try it. Eventually, I will be another intern elsewhere and I will have a career after college, however, I know that this experience will affect my future endeavors, wherever they are. Everything I do will be for God’s glory and there is nothing greater than learning that. I am blessed to have been Humbly I Serve’s writing intern!

HIS Kids

New Basketball Court Coming to St. Thomas!

“If there is basketball, I’ll be at camp every morning right on time… even early,” previous camper Jaquane said.

The one thing the kids at Seaside Adventure Camp love is basketball! The court is a place of competition, team building and a place where they can be a star!

“I love basketball! I am going to play in the NBA and help take care of my mom and sisters,” Jaquane explained. After his mom was diagnosed with cancer, Jaquane was determined to help provide for his mom and family needs. Right now, the 12-year-old cuts grass to help raise money to go to camp and help provide for his family. He and his sisters even share basketball shoes because they cannot buy two pairs.

Jaquane is currently saving up to buy a pair of Lebron’s, to help him prepare for the NBA.

Last year, the Sherwin family expressed interest in serving with Humbly I Serve (HIS) in a service project way. After discussion and seeing the needs for positive activities for kids the Sherwin and Lucas families signed up with Humbly I Serve to take on a much-needed basketball court project!

This court will be placed at Grace Baptist Church in the Fortuna community that HIS has been working in for five years.

Together, the families make the perfect team; the Sherwin’s have had experience in pouring concrete from previous missions trips and Ethan Lucas has worked multiple jobs in construction. They are excited to be able to use their past experiences to help expand the Humbly I Serve programs in St. Thomas!

This court will mean more than just fun for the kids. This project will enable Grace Baptist to have even more resources to reach out to kids throughout the year. Humbly I Serve is excited to offer sports outreach and youth ministry internships in conjunction with Grace Baptist Church starting this summer. These internships are in St. Thomas and last between six weeks to four months. Students will have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of kids like Jaquane.

“We know Melinda personally and her heart for the kids of St. Thomas. This is something we want to be a part of. We want to impact the kids even though we can’t be there for camp,” Rene Sherwin said.

The team’s goal is to pour the concrete, paint the lines, and set up the hoops-all in one week! Youth outreach is one of Humbly I Serve’s focuses and since both families are involved in youth ministry here in the states, they understand the importance of impacting the younger generations.These families have captured the vision for long term relationship building and want to enable Humbly I Serve and Grace Baptist Church to make an even greater impact throughout the year.

“We love that HIS reaches people in a practical way to meet their spiritual needs,” Rene Sherwin said. “HIS has also made it easy to be a part of their organization and since we love what they do, we want to do anything we can to help spread the Gospel.”

The Sherwins and the Lucas’s leave June 8 for their week of impact! Pray for funding, supplies and safety as they prepare and go! This trip will give children in the Fortuna area the opportunity to be involved in sports, but they also spend time in a Christ centered environment.

If you would like to donate to the basketball court project, please click HERE. If you are interested in serving in St. Thomas long or short term, click HERE for our Caribbean Service Corps information.

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Melinda and Haley’s St. Thomas Adventures

Thankyou picThe month of March was exciting, overwhelming at times, testing, and a blessing to Humbly I Serve’s Chief Officer Melinda Wilson and Senior Director Haley Barker! Starting on March 11, Melinda and Haley flew to St. Thomas in the Caribbean and covered a lot of ground during the following 10 days or so. We were so excited to welcome them back to the U.S. and hear about all that happened during their trip. From fundraising to meeting with organizations to catching up with past campers, it has a been a wild ride and we could not wait to tell our followers all about it!

With Seaside Adventure Camp just a couple months away now, Melinda and Haley did all they could to prepare for the upcoming two weeks of fun, sun, and Jesus with the kids of St. Thomas. They completed a lot of necessary marketing, fundraising and the overall framework for camp. They met with several sponsors and organizations such as Blue Water Bible College, Grace Baptist Church, Best Western, Frenchman’s Reef, Senior Frog, and WALA Paintball among others.

We are thrilled and thankful to announce several donations and partnerships such as the following:

  • Senior Frogz is offering their pool, volleyball court and lunch for a day
  • West Indies Co. is donating juice, soda and water
  • Best Western Emerald Beach is partnering with us for a beach day
  • the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts has awarded us a grant
  • Caribbean Buzz Helicopter
  • Seven Seas Corporation, Quantico Consulting Services, Spartan Concrete made generous donations
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Reef – the Cove is holding a fundraiser to help support campers who may need financial help to attend camp

Melinda and Haley were also able to reconnect with a previous camper named Jacquian, who had invited them to his basketball game. As they spent the evening with jacquian, he could not stop talking about last year’s camp and how he hopes to come again this year. His improvement in school and among his peers since last year was an incredible testimony to Melinda and Haley. They were so happy to catch up with him and see how well he was doing.IMG_3205

Overall, Melinda and Haley’s trip was a great success and the team is grateful for these new partnerships as well as the continuous support in the Virgin Islands. Melinda and Haley want to extend a warm-hearted thank you to everyone in St. Thomas that donated items, sponsored and partnered with us. Although things are beginning to come together for Seaside, there is still so much to be done. We still have spots open for male camp counselors and we are also seeking camper sponsorships. For only $85, you can sponsor a child to come to camp for two weeks and give him or her an adventure of a lifetime. Finally, we are in need of many crafts and are looking for people, churches, businesses and organizations to host a craft drive. For any more information about Seaside Adventure Camp, our organization or to sponsor a child, visit our website.

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Internships With Humbly I Serve Available for Upcoming Semesters

“Interning with Humbly I Serve has been such a growing experience and professionally fulfilling for me!” – Jason (Spring ’15)

“This has been a semester full of growth and learning, especially about nonprofit organizations.” – Brittany (Spring ’15)


To land a job, you need experience. To attain experience, you need a job. To look presentable for an interview, you need money. To have money, you need a job. The cycle is vicious! Internships are unique in that they offer beneficial experience for college students who are looking for opportunities to learn outside the classroom without requiring job experience. Humbly I Serve Ministries is looking for people passionate about learning in their particular field of study and gaining “real-life” experience. We want to partner with students excited to work, learn, grow, and become valuable assets to future employers. We do not hire students simply for coffee runs or paper copies. Rather, we work directly with students every day to aid in their learning process, in order that they be prepared for whatever lies ahead after graduation.

Humbly I Serve offers various internship opportunities each fall, spring and summer semester, such as Administration, Graphic Design, Public Relations and Communications, Marketing, Health Promotions, Social Networking, Finance, and others.

Many students who have interned at Humbly I Serve came out with a deeper understanding of how nonprofit organizations operate as well as what it means to apply their specific set of knowledge and skills to an organization or company. For more information about internships, job descriptions, or to set up an interview please visit our website or email us at info@humblyiserve.org.

 

Testimonies of Past Interns:

“Interning at Humbly I Serve over the past few months has been a gold mine of experience … At the end of the day, what I’ve realized is that (we can) stop and pray together, laugh and spend time working with our different personalities and talents (while) bringing eyesight to the people around us.” – Elias (Fall ’14)

“This has been the best internship I could have possibly imagined. Not only did I learn a lot about myself, I learned a lot of skills that I can use in my future career … I loved that we got together twice a day to pray. This helped me in my spiritual walk with God, but it was also a great time to get together with other interns and connect with them and see how God was using them.” – Jasmine (Summer ’14)

“I spent the whole summer working as (Humbly I Serve’s) Content Manager, working on newsletters, sending out emails, crafting press releases, among other tasks. And this was like other jobs that I have done, but what made it a real special place for me was being surrounded by good people whom I enjoyed their company, but also ones who really had a heart for the Lord.” – Daniel (Summer ’13)


 

AVAILABLE INTERN AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Accounting

Finance Intern

 

Communications

Trade Show Coordinator

Marketing Intern

Grant Writing Intern

Donations Relations

Public Relations

Social Networking

Content Manager

Cinematic Arts Intern

 

Administration

Administrator to CEO

Administrative Assistant

 

Health Promotions

Event Research Intern

Event Coordinator

School Liaison

Haiti Health Promotions

Monitoring & Evaluation

GIK Coordinator Intern

Education Promotion

 

Youth Ministry

Theater Curriculum Coordinator

Children’s Outreach

Camp Development Intern

Youth Ministries Intern

Camp/Training Curriculum

 

Business

Internal Business Development

Haiti Business Development

St. Thomas Business Development

Marketing Development

 

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

HIS Vision

Why Eye Care?

The reasons behind Humbly I Serve’s mission to reach people through the gift of vision


We could dig deep into all the facts and statistics about visual impairment to describe why Humbly I Serve uses eye care to reach out to those in need. Statistics are great; they give us the ‘big picture’. They can provide those “WOW!” moments when used to shock a crowd. However, the problem with statistics is that, over time, those numbers become devalued to exactly that – just numbers. Although each number represents a beautiful and unique human life, it is difficult to recognize the immense value of that life in a statement such as, “An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired” (who.int). While that shocks a crowd, it can be discouraging. 19 million is a daunting number. How do you begin to help all those children?

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The wonderful thing about Humbly I Serve ministries, particularly the HIS Vision project, is their love and concern for each individual bleeds into all aspects of society, specifically Haiti. Eye care may seem like one simple task, however, it is much bigger than that. The reality is that through the gift of vision and a sustainable eye clinic, Haiti’s need for education and a healthy economy can begin to be fulfilled.

One of our many memorable stories is of a young boy named Stanley* who was the son of the principal at a local Haitian school. Workers at our clinic went into the school to do a free screening and were introduced to Stanley. He was unable to study because of his poor vision, but our clinic workers were able to give him a complete checkup and a free pair of eyeglasses. Stanley’s improvement in school is just one of the many reasons why we love what we do.

What we need to understand is that eye care, education, and poverty are all interconnected. Poor eye health contributes greatly to poverty, leaving many others unable to receive proper education or uphold a job. Which then turns back towards poverty. It is a Catch 22 that many cannot escape without the help and commitment of others willing to step in to aid in this terminal situation. The HIS Vision Project is stepping in to stop the cycle.

Through our eye clinic in Cap Haitian, Haiti, officially opened May 2014, HIS Vision is battling both poor education and poverty through the gift of vision. According to American Optometric Association, roughly 80 percent of learning is done visually. You can imagine how much of an impact vision has on a student’s education. It is a ripple effect; if the student sees better with a pair of glasses, he can focus better in school, while avoiding delinquency and having a better chance of landing a job and making money.

“Poverty is a direct barrier to education. Approximately half the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day and many are too busy struggling to survive to consider education a priority” (SOURCE). Haiti is included in that $2 a day spectrum. The HIS Vision project goes beyond helping people be able to see and grant them access to eye care. We are investing in the socioeconomic growth of Haiti through the eye clinic. By both treating the locals and offering an eye care education program for them, we are creating a sustaining business model that can give Haitians the tools and education needed to build up their economy. The goal is not to provide a bandaid for the problem. HIS Vision wants to help make the future of Haiti a better place to be, and the first step is eye care.

According to Uniteforsight.org, “Poverty and blindness are believed to be intimately linked, with poverty predisposing to blindness, and blindness exacerbating poverty by limiting employment opportunities, or by incurring treatment cost… Thus, it is evident that disabilities such as blindness may not only be a result of living in poverty, but also may lead an individual or family to become impoverished. ‘Sadly, disability is both caused by poverty and causes poverty.’”

Although it may seem impossible to reverse the effects of poverty in an entire country of 10 million people, we believe that anything is possible with God on our side. The team at Humbly I Serve ministries continues to look forward and dream big!

If you would like to learn more about what we are doing throughout our local area in Virginia, please visit our previous blog, HIS Vision Project Reaches Locals Through Sponsor Sight Program.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

*Name changed for confidentiality purposes

HIS Vision

HIS Vision Project Reaches Locals Through Sponsor Sight Program

Proper vision can be the deciding factor between a child getting a complete, healthy education or that same child missing out on everyday learning because s/he cannot see the board at the front of the room. The National Commission on Vision and Health states that “80 percent of learning occurs through the eyes” and “healthy eyes and vision are important to a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.”

Unfortunately, vision health has become a serious public health problem in the U.S. Not only are many children lacking proper eye care, but the concern for middle aged and aging adults is also rising. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 78 percent of aging adults are affected by vision loss. “The number of blind and visually impaired people is expected to double over the next 16 years,” Brenda Heinke Montecalvo, O.D., AOA Vision Rehabilitation Section Chair, said. It seems that, despite the continuous growth of science and technology, complications with vision are actually increasing. The issue is not going away.IMG_9041

However, it is not too late to create hope and be the change! The team at HIS Vision has been reaching local people with free eye examinations and glasses through the Sponsor Sight Program (SSP) since Fall 2012. SSP was created to help impoverished families in the Lynchburg Region 2000 area receive the needed eye care that they cannot afford.

Aneesa Crowley and her two sons of Madison Heights, VA is one of many families that has benefited greatly from the Sponsor Sight Program. Before having eyeglasses, Aneesa’s son, Avrett, had a difficult time seeing the board in class. “Every time the teacher would write something on the Smartboard, I always had to get up out of my seat and then walk up to the board to write it down.”  Avrett said. He was constantly squinting, tilting his head from side to side, leaning forward and straining to get a good look at what was written on the board. His education experience was suffering. Aneesa said her boys’ classroom experience improved greatly after SSP and their passion for reading was also revamped due to proper eye care.

“Their self-esteem had improved (and) being able to be a part of the classroom atmosphere as well as participating in class. They could respond to questions that were being asked or respond to something being read on the board. I’ve seen a big improvement with them, especially as far as grades … They enjoy reading, so it’s hard to read when you can’t see.” Aneesa said.

The benefits are endless.

Qualified single parents and children are able to accept examinations for free because of people like YOU. For only $30, you can sponsor someone in need of an examination and pair of glasses. You could be the change to help with a child’s education. You could be the change for a parent looking to provide for his/her child. Whatever the circumstance, there is an ever growing number of people in need, and Humbly I Serve is looking to reduce that number. Help us reach others with vision!

To see Aneesa’s full story, to apply for the program, or for more information about becoming a sponsor, check out our website HERE.