Can’t believe it’s been 4 weeks into the program! In interacting with the community of Friends of Parkside, I can say with certainty that they are all passionate people. The culture that exists with FOP is very welcoming. As the majority of the staff are residents of the community that they serve, everyone knows everyone, and members of the Parkside staff are all treated like a family. Even for a member like me, a non-resident and the youngest person in the organization (amongst many seniors), I feel especially welcomed. The culture exhibited in FOP is very holistic, and inclusive. From what I have seen, no one leaves someone out, and everyone is willing to share and hear each other’s ideas in order to implement the projects that help the community. For an intern with not as much an important role as the rest of the staff, I’m grateful that the people of FOP encourage me to take the lead in sharing my ideas during our staff meetings, as well taking the initiative to volunteer for roles that I may be interested in. I’m really grateful for the environment that FOP maintains, as it makes me feel like a valued member of their organization.