Newton County Indiana | Nonprofit Research & Development

#Indiana interns Courtney & Riley did an awesome job prepping for a crowd of 170 at their seminar today! #RFIServiceship #lovewhereyoulive” - @rural_futures | June 8, 2017

Team #Indiana started Week 1 by assisting w/ a volunteerism seminar on multigenerational engagement by Dr. Ken Culp III. #RFIServiceship” - @rural_futures | June 8, 2017

Riley and Courtney conducted county-wide surveys of both nonprofits and community members.
Riley and Courtney stayed busy hosting booths at several Newton and Jasper county events.

“Riley & Courtney zoomed in from #Indiana to discuss how they marketed #nonprofit community development grants in #rural #NewtonCounty” - @rural_futures | August 10, 2017

Newton County Indiana | Nonprofit Research & Development

Riley Hickman and Courtney Feagans participated in a pilot program that set their 2017 Serviceship experience apart from the rest. Based in Newton County, Indiana, the team was funded by the Jasper Foundation, and traveled to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to participate in Rural Futures Serviceship training.

When they returned to Indiana, their projects entailed surveying and interviewing Newton County residents and nonprofits, as well as assisting with day-to-day office responsibilities at the Foundation. Their goal was to identify ways for the Jasper Foundation, Inc. and the Newton County Community Foundation to allocate grant money and financial resources.

From their research, Courtney and Riley discovered that Newton County residents are open to progression; however, most remain wary of bringing a larger city culture to their rural communities. They also identified a desire of community members to get involved—but noted that most are unsure of how to go about it.

In their spare time, Courtney and Riley served Newton County by assisting elementary teachers in the area with technology. They taught the teachers how to use Weebly and helped them create classroom websites. The two also hosted a volunteer fair, and Courtney spent a week working with an organization called Teen Mission.

 

Thank you to the Indiana host team!

Brienne Hooker, Executive Director, Jasper Foundation, Inc. and Newton County Community Foundation