Here at the TWP office, we are continually asking each other, “What would we do without our talented interns!?” These dedicated individuals donate their time, energy, and brain power to making our programs a success by helping with grant research and writing, translations, crowdfunding, and other tasks necessary for running a nonprofit organization. At any given time, we have an average of 5 interns working with staff to run our programs. Our interns come from diverse backgrounds and bring fresh ideas to our office.
One of these amazing interns is Sherry Moldenhauer, one of our National Development Interns who has worked with TWP’s Development Director, Heather Herrell, since Fall of 2012. Sherry has been an important part of our recent grant writing cycle and brings a unique natural resource management background to our Team. Sherry is most passionate about helping to raise funds for our Tribal Renewable Energy Program and enjoys working with an environmentally-friendly organization. She has been especially inspired by the Lakota culture and the work of our Tribal Program partner, Lakota Solar Enterprises.
“Every Tuesday and Thursday, Sherry arrives with a cheerful smile and dedicates five hours to researching and writing grants to support our Tribal Renewable Energy Program and Food Security Program. Thank you, Sherry, for all that you do for TWP!” – Heather Herrell, Development Director
On her free time, you can find Sherry exploring the alpine terrain of Colorado, reading, and doing yard work with her dog by her side.
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This month’s volunteer spotlight falls on our dearest Daniel Sidder. Daniel is originally from Littleton CO, but moved up to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University (CSU) and become a member of its growing, forward thinking community. With a driving interest for conserving our natural world and working towards a sustainable global environment, Daniel decided to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Management.
“Becoming part of the TWP family all just kind of came together”, Daniel exclaims. “First I rode my bike by and saw your sign in front of the house, and then I did my research and loved the mission. I knew it would be a good fit.”
He sure was right! By bringing a positive attitude, a drive for change, advanced English/Spanish translation abilities, and fantastic writing abilities, Daniel has become a part of both our Development and International teams.
When asked what Daniel has learned in his time at TWP, he mentions his increased awareness of the importance of funding and economics in the non-profit world. “When what is good for your wallet is also good for the environment, it’s a win-win,” he said when speaking about the effect of TWP’s community based programs on the people we serve. He went on, “When you do good things and people see that, it all starts to come together.”
Daniel has recently graduated from CSU with flying colors. Moving forward, his goal is helping people connect with the natural world in ways that will encourage them to conserve and appreciate what the planet has to offer.
To this end Daniel recently accepted the Naturalist Leadership Program Coordinator position with the Maria Mitchell Association. He will be spending his summer days designing curriculum and teaching 13-15 year old kids about the ecology on Nantucket Island. In his spare time you might even catch him sailing through Nantucket sound, the breeze running through his hair…
Thanks for all your hard work Daniel; Team TWP wishes you nothing but the best!!!