"I am educated not just by professors and scholarly journals, but by social workers, art instructors and non-profit executives in the surrounding community."
"One of the most valuable and frustrating things about my internship position was seeing some of the direct effects of the economic recession. The Women's Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) directed clients to the necessary services, often finding that there were limited employment opportunities and many social service organizations' resources were depleted. Within my 10-week internship I was impressed to see how well everyone at WORC seemed to be handling the potential of the state budget cuts. I admired my coworkers for their ability to juggle their part-time work as a case manager along with volunteer advocacy work for their government-funded programs. As an intern at WORC, I learned to be assertive when asking questions and to not let myself get overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done.
"Before Summer of Service I saw myself as a community member of Bryn Mawr College. I have since learned to view myself as a community member of Montgomery County, Philadelphia and Norristown. My responsibilities are not limited to reading and writing papers, but to strengthening communities like Norristown through my work as a tax preparer for low-income individuals and as a member of the ACPPA Community Arts Center steering committee."
Note: Adrienne's internship was a result of her participation in the Bryn Mawr College Summer of Service 2009 program, a funded opportunity for students to live, serve and learn together in the Bryn Mawr community.
The mission of the Women's Opportunity Center (WORC) is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families. WORC provides entrepreneurial training, individual business assistance, incentive savings programs and access to business and financial resources. WORC empowers its constituents through various self-help strategies including savings, a self-employment network and access to its local and national affiliations. Additionally, WORC encourages community awareness and responsiveness concerning issues impacting economic equity and independence.