Summer Intern Speaks Out

Healthy Waltham has the pleasure of working with many interns during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Our interns have come most often from Brandeis, Bentley and Tufts Universities. One thing our interns have in common is the desire to connect with others and help improve lives in the Waltham community. Generally, they help with our programs related to healthy eating, community gardening and youth development, or special projects related to health, wellness and disease prevention. Many have gone on to work in health-related fields upon graduation. For information on interning at Healthy Waltham, or volunteering with us, please click here.

We were delighted to work this summer with Abbie Doane-Simon, a student at Northeastern University. She took a few minutes to reflect on her work with our organization.

It’s About Building Community – By Abbie Doane-Simon, Northeastern ’16

In my life, I haven’t had too many jobs so far, but there is one thing I have found to be true at every one. Regardless of the field, content, or nature of the work, the most important factor is the people. When I jibe with the people I work with, it makes all the difference.

Frankly, the people who work at Healthy Waltham are really great. They are here because they genuinely value healthy food and connecting people with healthy food. They value education and community growth and they definitely aren’t in it for the money. Being around these people has really inspired me to do what I love and surround myself with people who share that love. There were times when my position wasn’t always clear but I always wanted to be involved and part of the community this organization is building.

It’s not just Judy and the other employees here at Healthy Waltham that are so great. It’s the teachers and educators and kids in Waltham they work with. I spent an afternoon picking raspberries with three kids at Chesterbrook Housing Community and let me tell you, I have never seen anyone so excited about picking raspberries. At McDevitt Middle School, I had the opportunity to work with probably the proudest group of gardening math students in Waltham. Even just playing vegetable bingo with kids at the Chill Zone (Waltham Recreation Department’s Teen Center) was hilarious. Who knew stickers with healthy eating slogans and pictures of vegetables were such a hot commodity?

Generally, when I describe Healthy Waltham to friends I tell them “It’s an organization that manages a bunch of gardens at schools and stuff around Waltham and like teaches kids about gardening and eating healthy.” But Healthy Waltham is so much more. It is a growing community of passionate people who want to improve their town. And I think they just sprouted a new sapling.

Interns Abbie. Manny and Yuki at the Healthy Waltham table at the Farmers Market, Summer 2014

Interns Abbie. Manny and Yuki at the Healthy Waltham table at the Farmers Market, Summer 2014

 

 

Abbie chats with Healthy Waltham Executive Director Judy Fallows at the Farmers Market

Abbie chats with Healthy Waltham Executive Director Judy Fallows at the Farmers Market

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