A central point of being an Ogallala Common intern is community service. All OC interns are required to complete 10 hours of community service but encouraged to engage in as many service projects as possible. I have done a lot of different jobs over the past two summers in order to complete my community service hours, but this summer looked a bit different. I spent my community service time prepping for the town-wide event, Haxtun Old Fashioned Saturday Night, as well as working a local baseball concession stand.
For my time helping with Haxtun Old Fashioned Saturday Night, I assisted in setting up for the actual event. I set up town panels for the concert, gave out volunteer t-shirts and helped mark off vendor spots for parking.
My personal favorite community service activity of this summer was volunteering in the concessions stand of our local baseball field. While local elementary and middle school kids had the opportunity to play against their peers in a friendly game of T-ball, I could be found serving popcorn, hot dogs, and Haxtun’s world-famous ballpark burgers. I enjoyed working in concessions the most because it gave me the opportunity to catch up with community members I hadn’t seen since before the pandemic hit.
In my opinion, one of the most rewarding aspects of participating in an Ogallala Commons Internship is giving back to the community. This has been one of my favorite years to participate in Ogallala Commons community service projects!