Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning


Evan Turpen

Evan Turpen

"Interning within Volunteer Relations at Catholic Charities allows me to gain experience in a wide range of services that the organization offers. My day to day activities within the office include planning and preparing for future volunteer initiatives, updating and maintaining a volunteer database, and assisting with the seasonal giving programs for Catholic Charities' families. In this experience, I am able to see how a nonprofit operates internally as well as seeing the external, firsthand impact of these initiatives. I also participate in volunteering at a weekly Tuesday Night supper for the local homeless community. By gaining technical and strategical knowledge from this internship, I hope to one day contribute to my local community by organizing volunteer-based events.  Whether I go on to work within the nonprofit sector or not, the skills gained from this internship will allow me to raise awareness of social injustices and create opportunities for local community involvement."