The Foundation’s current intern is Rukia Abdi, who is helping move the organization forward by working in the office two days a week and helping in other ways.
Having an unpaid intern is one way the Foundation stretches its capacity without using donor dollars to do so. Rukia is the Foundation’s third intern over the past year, and we expect to utilize interns and/or office volunteers well into the future.
Here, in Rukia’s own words, is a bit about her background and what drew her to helping the Foundation in this way:
“My name is Rukia Abdi. I have lived in Eden Prairie since 1999. I have worked with nonprofits for over six years. I started as a community organizer right here in Eden Prairie. From 2008 to 2010 I organized Eden Prairie Somali parents and students to learn about the education system. I conducted workshops for them to learn about their rights and organized them to go to the school board and address the issues they were having in the Eden Prairie Schools.
“Afterward I worked as a community engagement specialist on a project founded by the Minnesota Community Foundation. It was a statewide project on Building Bridges Across Cultures and Faiths. I currently work at Minneapolis Urban League as a job developer and I enjoy helping people figure out the next step in their life.
“I joined the Eden Prairie Community Foundation because I love the work that the Foundation does in the community. I am also interested in growing my skills and learning more about how the Foundation runs. I want to learn more about the process of grant writing and how those grants get approved or funded. I also want to be in involved in my community once again.
“I have had the opportunity to learn more about the various community resources available to Eden Prairie residents. I do researching and community outreach on behalf of the foundation. I look forward to growing and learning. “
Thank you for helping the Foundation, Rukia. We welcome inquiries from potential future interns and volunteers. Please contact the Foundation’s executive director, Mark Weber, at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].