Posted February 04, 2009
Caroline Burns volunteers with Special Olympics and in the Portland Housing Authority tutoring program. Working with children with disabilities and children who had recently immigrated to Portland inspired her to become a Community Action Summer Fellow with an internship at Independence Association. Independence Association is a non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities to live full and inclusive lives.
Through her placement, Caroline learned about the types of services available for children and adults with disabilities in Midcoast Maine. She assisted Independence Association by researching and writing narratives describing treatment methods available for children with autism and helped edit a resource book that lists family-friendly and handicap accessible activities in the greater Brunswick area. Caroline also advised several adult clients through the process of applying to serve as elected members to local boards to represent elderly and disabled community members. Caroline’s experience allowed her to see the Brunswick community from a new angle and recognize that the diversity of its people makes it so special.
“Working for a non-profit allowed me to see and experience the difficulties organizations like these face, how hard the employees work, and how rewarding and humbling that work can be.”