KnoxCorps Fellows, Associates Work, Volunteer in Community

October 28, 2013

More than a dozen Knox College students and recent graduates have started working at non-profit organizations in Galesburg, through the KnoxCorps Program.

Now in its second year, KnoxCorps was created by the College and the Galesburg Community Foundation to bring additional energy and commitment to initiatives undertaken by community-based organizations.

KnoxCorps Fellow Emma Poland"I applied to KnoxCorps knowing that I wanted to pursue a graduate degree in nursing," said KnoxCorps Fellow Emma Poland '12, who has served for two years at the Knox County Health Department. "Working at the health department has really affirmed that desire. I like what I do every day and I've really enjoyed the opportunities I've had to shadow the nurses and doctors we have at the Health Center."

The program includes both KnoxCorps Fellows, recent Knox College graduates whose 10-month positions include a stipend; and KnoxCorps Associates, current Knox students who have made a two-year commitment to serve local organizations for at least eight hours per week as volunteers.

New to the program this year is a vehicle, an all-electric Nissan Leaf, donated by PNC Bank. The car will be shared by students driving to their worksites in Galesburg.

KnoxCorps Fellows for 2013-14 with their fellowship sponsors and agencies:

  • Tarere Eyimina, F&M Bank Fellow, serving the Discovery Depot Children's Museum.
  • Josh Hosmer-Quint, G.L. Vitale Family Foundation Fellow, serving the Galesburg Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Stephanie Peter, Galesburg Public Schools Foundation & Galesburg Community Foundation Fellow, serving Galesburg Community Unit School District #205.
  • Emma Poland, Knox County Health Department Fellow, serving Knox County Health Department.
  • Steve Selwa, Kleine Equipment, Inc. Fellow, serving Prairie Players Civic Theatre.
  • Kasandara Sullivan, Human Links Foundation Fellow, serving the Sustainable Business Center.

KnoxCorps Associates for 2013-14, listed with their local organizations:

  • Frank Foster-Bolton, serving Knox Prairie Community Kitchen
  • Ruth Amerman, serving CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Knox County 
  • Bridget Doherty, serving FISH Food Pantry
  • Maya Flores, serving Carl Sandburg College
  • Max Glassner, serving the United Way of Knox County
  • Jazmine Kenny, serving the YMCA of Knox County
  • Mydel Santos, serving the Galesburg Downtown Council

2013 KnoxCorps Fellows and Associates
2013 KnoxCorps Fellows and Associates. Front row: Max Glassner, Kasandara Sullivan, Bridget Doherty, Mydel Santos, Frank Foster-Bolton, Josh Hosmer-Quint; back row Ruth Amerman, Tarere Eyimina, Joel Estes (Coordinator of Clinical Experiences and Community Outreach in Educational Studies), Maya Flores, Jazmine Kenny, Steve Selwa, Karrie Heartlein (Director of Government and Community Relations) and Emma Poland.