**Update on MWC’s year-end/Giving Tuesday campaign: As of today, MWC has received over $2,300 in donations from over 40 individual donors! We’re off to a fantastic start, and we are extremely grateful for the support. We’re hoping to carry this momentum through the month of December and eventually reach our goal of $5,000.**
Throughout the month of December, MWC will share a series of posts from Board Members, patrons, volunteers, and local authors about their experiences with the Midwest Writing Center and what it means to them. MWC is fortunate to have a private donor who will match any contributions received during our Giving Tuesday campaign throughout the month of Decembers dollar-for-dollar with a contribution to our endowment, up to $5,000. Please consider supporting MWC with a donation online, over the phone, or via USPS.
We are thrilled to present the second post in the series from former MWC intern Kelsey Roebuck, who now works as a Lead Writer for the grant-writing firm Elevate in Washington DC:
“I first interned at the Midwest Writing Center after my freshman year of college. I wanted a chance to work at an organization that was doing important work and have the opportunity to build skills that would be valuable in the future. The support and encouragement I received from Midwest Writing Center staff and board members was invaluable. I also got the chance to choose what I wanted to focus on, so I learned to write grants, publicize the Children’s Literature Festival, and help run the annual David R. Collins Writing Festival. I chose to return to the MWC for three more summers and each time I learned more and got more opportunities to build the job skills that I use daily as a professional grant writing consultant in Washington, DC.
When I started my first full-time job, I did not have years of experience and I did not have connections to other employees at the company. What I did have was a thorough knowledge of nonprofits, the skills to write a strong, compelling grant and a passion for working in a sector dedicated to making the world a better place. My internship at the Midwest Writing Center gave me the support and opportunities I needed to get where I am today. I will be grateful for that for the rest of my life.