Internships are all about learning new skills and gaining experience. That is exactly what Skyler Stoner got from his 9 weeks working in Service to the Armed Forces with the American Red Cross.
Stoner, a recent graduate of West Fargo High School, spent nine weeks as an intern through the Philanthropy and Youth program supported by the Barry Foundation. He spent time working with his mentor, Keith Huff, Red Cross Service to Armed Forces Manager in North Dakota.
“I learned so much and Keith was such a great mentor for me,” Stoner said. “I enjoyed the experience a lot.”
As a part of his internship, Stoner worked on a project to raise cans of coffee for veterans in Fargo-Moorhead and the Fargo VA. He promoted his project on various radio stations, collected cans at an F-M RedHawks baseball game and also met with businesses in the community to ask for donations. Several businesses held coffee collection drives at their offices.
“It is time to give back to veterans like they gave to our country,” Stoner added. “I was a little nervous, but it has been crazy to see the support we received.”
Enough coffee was raised for 40,000 cups and will be used for veterans waiting for appointments and also for those friends and families visiting.
“This is just so amazing, what a great donation for our veterans here,” said, Karinn Davidson, Chief of Voluntary Service at the Fargo VA. “It’s just a wonderful thing to provide and I know they will truly appreciate it.”
The Red Cross has a vareity of internships available throughout the year. Log on to www.redcross.org to learn more.