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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.

HIS Vision

SECO 2015: A Privilege for HIS to Attend

The team at Humbly I Serve was honored and excited to attend the 2015 SECO event, “Where Sight Meets Vision,” March 4-8 in Atlanta, GA. We were blessed with the opportunity to share about our organization with hundreds of people. SECO International is commonly known as the “largest optometric educational meeting in the world.” For years, thousands of national and international eye care professionals, vendors, optometrists, and other ophthalmic personnel have attended the annual SECO conventions (source). Although we were just one booth among many, we were able to make connections with individuals, companies and organizations across the country.

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Image taken from SECO2015.com

To sum up the event, SECO offers many educational classes (CMEs) doctors need in order to renew their license each year. Thousands of doctors come out for these courses, and we were able to meet many of them on the showroom floor, which is where our booth was located among others who were selling lenses, contact solution, machinery, etc. We were able to talk to doctors about potentially working with us at our HIS Vision clinic in Cap-Haitian, Haiti or about potentially donating frames, recycled glasses, old machines, financially, etc. Many students also came through and showed interest in our yearly trips to Haiti.

“People would walk by and I would say something like, ‘Hi! Have you ever heard of the His Vision Project?’ and then introduce them to our organization,” Lindsey, Director of Programs, said.

According to Lindsey, who spent the full four days at the event, said countless people committed to donating much-needed items such as lenses, frames, lightly-used glasses, equipment and funds to Humbly I Serve. We raised $1000 by selling our “Join the Movement” t-shirts and hand-painted canvases at the expo. Lindsey, being the outgoing, people-person she is, loved meeting and talking to new people. She was overwhelmed by the generosity of these people throughout the convention.

“It was really neat to hear doctors, students, and others be so willing to give their time and money for people they might never meet. I found it encouraging to see that all these people who don’t necessarily need to give were so eager to offer help,” she said.

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Humbly I Serve was set up at booth 249 during SECO 2015.

A big thank you goes to the SECO Administration for donating the booth to us, making it possible for all these donations and connections to be made with our organization!

Thank you to Bosch + Lomb for generously donating 12 boxes of contact solution to The HIS Vision Project. (They also had a latte maker in their booth, and Ed, one of the managers, was kind enough to bring over a caramel latte to help Lindsey after witnessing her yawning!)

Thank you to everyone who supported His Vision or visited our booth during the expo. Overall, this was a wonderful opportunity to simply raise awareness about our organization. We are eternally grateful for all that God has done just during the first few months of 2015. We are incredibly eager for everything coming up in the remainder of the year!

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Image taken from SECO2015.com

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Eye Ball 2015 A Big Success

Thank You to Everyone Who Gave


10422004_797223097013721_5365936291711452745_nThe HIS Vision Project is thrilled to announce that the second annual Eye Ball Masquerade Gala was a phenomenal success! With over 100 attendees and the incredible help of many volunteers, interns and organizations, we were able to raise $9,000. The generosity of our sponsors and supporters made it possible for Humbly I Serve (HIS) to be fully sustained for three months! We cannot begin to describe our excitement and gratitude for all that God has provided during the past few months of planning, fundraising, and prayer.

“The support from the local community for this event was overwhelming, uplifting and encouraging. I’m so thankful for all those that participated. The funds raised will make a difference to the lives in our community and abroad,” Melinda Wilson, CEO and Founder of HIS, said.

For those of you who do not know, The Eye Ball, which took place Friday, Feb. 13, was an exciting night filled with food, music, casual and ballroom dancing, a silent auction table, photo booth, and speaker Jessica Hodges.

Jessica is a gifted writer, wife of almost 20 years, mother of four and an interior designer. Currently, Jessica is writing a book about the adoption of her youngest son, Knox. She has a Facebook page called Walk Humbly, where she encourages others through what God has been teaching her.

We were touched to hear Jessica speak at the Eye Ball this year as she gave her testimony. She shared the journey God has taken her through the process of adopting her son and all that He has taught her.

10996041_797223630347001_590980462908667011_nJessica also expressed the importance of vision and eye care for children, as she couldn’t imagine having a child with poor vision and not being able to properly take care of him. She dove into the mission and vision behind Humbly I Serve and the importance of supporting the organization.

Along with Jessica’s testimony and the exquisite meal, the guests enjoyed a live band, dancing, or taking fun photos with props in the photo booth. We were filled with joy as we saw the enjoyment, laughter, and connections throughout the night.

Leah Seavers, one of our interns here at HIS, had the privilege of being involved in both the planning and attendance of The Eye Ball. From painting picture frames days before the event to being the event photographer, she experienced all of that hard work and preparation come to fruition the night of the ball.

“I heard everyone’s comments about how they were impressed with this year’s event, which was really encouraging to me,” Leah said.

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Leah said she really enjoyed walking around to take photographs and watch the guests and couples mingle. Seeing as it was one day before Valentine’s Day, there was no better time to host a Gala for all those lovely couples looking for a new way to spend the holiday. Although there were many aspects to the evening that contributed to the overall entertainment, Leah said her favorite part was watching guests get into the photo booth to take silly pictures with their friends and loved ones.

The team here at Humbly I Serve is thankful for the opportunity to raise money and reach people for the cause of Jesus Christ all while having fun.

A big Thank You goes to Harman Eye Center, Seckman Printing, Grinnin’ Booth, Financial Advisor Jeff Boyer, Gaudium Photography, and Boonsboro Country Club.

“Providing eye care to needy residents of Central and Southside Virginia has always been extremely important at Harman Eye Center and Eye Surgery Center of Central Virginia,” Mary Harman, Administrator, said. “We are very happy to once again support the HIS Vision Project to benefit others in need of eye care.”

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Also, a special Thank You to the generosity of local businesses who put together the silent auctions. Without all of our sponsors, this event could not have been a reality! We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s Eye Ball! You can see our Facebook page for more photos of the event.

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From Personal Experience

From Personal Experience

My name is Daniel Bartlett and last summer I decided to do my internship at Humbly I Serve. I enjoyed their mission and saw that God was doing something there, although I didn’t have the full blast of exactly what it was. It also met a requirement for my Journalism degree, so I came on board, and looking back on it now, I’m glad I did.

I spent the whole summer working as their 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.

It probably took about a month into my internship before God really started working on my heart. I did a lot of work with the His Vision Project mostly. And we all know how it is; you hear some statistics, see some photos of the hurt and turmoil that is amounting in these other countries, and your heart becomes stirred. All of which happened to me, but even more so, because I was the one doing a lot of the research that went into gathering these facts, and really digging into how the other part of the world lives, and what I saw shocked me.

I’ve never been out of the United States, but I know that there are some hurting people living in some pretty rough places all around the world. We’ve all seen it somewhere or sometime, probably on TV or online or on a billboard; People who are hungry, thirsty, in pain or with disease. This is so sad to see, people suffering, struggling with no one to help them. But is there really no one to help them? The even sadder fact is that there are more than enough people to help. Although many will see, very few will actually do something about it.

And I’m not just talking about people who are able to give money, although this is a great means of helping, but even just giving their time, their company and just being there with these people to love them when they have no one else to do so. If Christ was still walking this Earth, I believe that he would be out there on the front lines, ladling food for the hungry at a soup kitchen or helping a woman carry fresh water back to her village for her children or just sitting, listening to a person’s story, because everyone has one. So what’s yours? What’s mine?

I am realizing more and more each day that we’ve only got one shot at this life, and every day we are one step closer to eternity, and tomorrow is never guaranteed. I just found out this week that my friend’s brother just came down with a rare form of bone cancer, and he is not even twenty years old. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is lasting. Nothing but one and that is God. He is unchanging and his promises stand true.

And when we stand at those pearly gates, and stand before our God, what will we have to show for ourselves? That we accumulated wealth, had nice things and lived a comfortable life, or that we pushed through the muck and grime, gave all we had and held nothing back, and now, huffing and puffing out of breath, we stand before Jesus at God’s right hand, probably a little smelly and sweating, feeling accomplished and confident. Christ smiles and hands us a white robe, and we hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

This is beautiful music to my ears, but this is ahead of us for all who believe. But now is not the time to linger, now is the time to act, to persevere, to take ourselves where we may not always be comfortable going, do things we may not want to do. Or maybe you do, if your heart is in the right place. I know I only have one shot, and I want to make it count. How about you?

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Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Equipment Being Shipped to Haiti!

Hello all! GREAT News! Our prayers have been answered. The nonprofits Gleaning for the World and Food for the Poor have partnered with the His Vision Project to send our container of $10,000 of optometry equipment overseas to Haiti!

Talk about a wonderful praise to the Lord!

Gleaning for the World provided transportation of the shipment to Norfolk, VA, and Food for the Poor will be handling the shipment of the container.

All of our equipment for the eye-clinic will be sent to Haiti to be ready in January 2014 for the opening of HIS Vision’s FIRST eye clinic! Our Haitian doctor, Dr. Wesley, received training from the Virginia Eye Clinic, Harman Eye Center, and Dr. Netland at the UVA ophthalmology department and is red on site to serve his first patient at HIS Vision’s Eye Clinic beginning in January 2014.

PR Interns Paige McGugin and Vanessa Park put together the equipment shipment to Haiti!