Woman profits while working for nonprofit

2011-05-19T00:00:00Z Woman profits while working for nonprofitBy Phil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 548-4352 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The road to AmeriCorps for Megan Telligman started with a course in philanthropy at Valparaiso University.

A 2010 graduate of VU with degrees in biology, English and humanities, Telligman, 23, said the professor of her philanthropy class suggested she look into AmeriCorps. She had done volunteer work with Rebuilding Together and the Day of Caring, but "nothing consistent."

She plans to pursue master's and doctorate degrees in literature at the University of Montana while teaching there, but she took a year off to work with the Visiting Nurses Association in Valparaiso doing community relations. She's worked on events like the VNA's 40th anniversary and the annual dinner and prepared the annual report and organized volunteers.

"There's a different tone to your work when you work for a nonprofit," Telligman said. "I've worked for a lot of small businesses, and it's different when you're focused on helping people as much as possible instead of profit. It's a lot more rewarding."

She's also been put in charge of organizing the VNA's history.

"The support they've gotten and the work they've been able to do, it's an amazing story. I'm trying to put it together in a way people can read it and appreciate it. They do such great work.

"This is the longest experience I've had in something like this. It definitely inspires you to do more work when you realize how much one person can do for one nonprofit like that."

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