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Making A Difference: Heather Hammond


Heather Hammond, class of 2014, didn’t always know what her path would be, or how she would go about finding it. But she knew that she wanted to make a change, whether it be in her community, or on a much larger scale. When she began her college search, Hammond knew she wanted to attend a small university where she could make a profound impact. When she learned of Hamline’s nonprofit management degree, she jumped at the chance to call the university her home for the next four years.

“At Hamline, I can actually make a difference,” Hammond said.

While pursuing her degree, Hammond reaffirmed her career goal; to go into event planning and fundraising. Taking a proactive stance on her future, Hammond learned of an internship with Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization. Hammond had never expected to land an internship with the company, but after meeting with a Hamline alumna about the nonprofit industry, she realized how well it suited her aspirations. Hammond soon had an internship that was created specifically for her goals and interests. She worked on a corporate effort to fundraise for Second Harvest and went on to present a proposal about the potential for future growth of the program.

"At Hamline, you don't just feel like a student sitting in a classroom and taking notes," Hammond said. "I'm growing, developing, and gaining real-world experience."