A ‘Thriving’ Summer in Washington, DC – Alumni Profile

Written by Carly Chafey – Coordinator, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

Coming from Colorado Springs, Colorado, Collin McKone is pursuing degrees in Business Management and Finance at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Collin, who claims, “my ultimate life goal is to help as many people as possible within the limited time I have alive” spent the summer with the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (IPVS) interning at Thrive DC.

collin3-3Thrive DC is a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives. Collin saw the potential of the female clients and was inspired to create Goal Seekers, a Motivational Program that creates an opportunity to create and accomplish goals on a weekly basis. Though still new, it has thus far proved to be an effective program.

The Fund for American Studies IPVS Roundtable
Collin was eager to get to spend a few weeks in our nation’s capital and definitely took advantage of everything D.C. has to offer. “The history and value of D.C. has astonished me,” he said. He visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon, kayaked on the Potomac with friends, attended optional TFAS events and lead an IPVS Fundraiser. By the end of his 4 weeks, he definitely earned the award he received as Most Outstanding Student.

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