READING, PA (June 21, 2019) – We’re very proud at the Community Foundation to, most years, host summer interns who become important contributors to our work. Many of them have developed stories about our grants that we could distribute through social media. A few years ago, one of them developed an interactive website to track the investments from our Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund.

This year, we have three interns working on a project to catalog all of the buildings in the City of Reading that were built to be houses of worship. It’s a huge project, but Heidi Williamson, our Vice President for Programs and Initiatives, pulled together a talented group of young people with an amazingly diverse range of backgrounds.

Summer interns, from left, Matthew Havens, Monique Dorroh, and Justin Abreu Castro.

Matthew Havens is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and is a rising senior at Temple University. He’s actually studying Historic Preservation so he’s perfect for helping us think about which buildings should be prioritized for conservation.

Our architecture expert is Monique Dorroh. Monique holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and is a candidate for a Master of Architecture at Penn State. Monique is helping us identify which churches have significant architectural value.

In this photo taken by Matthew Havens, his fellow interns Monique Dorroh and Justin Abreu Castro examine Calvary Reformed United Church of Christ, which was built in Reading in 1890.

Justin Abreu Castro attends Alvernia University where he studies Accounting and Theology. I predict he’ll be our “numbers guy” when it comes to thinking about the cost of future uses for these buildings. Justin is a graduate of Reading High School. At Alvernia, he’s part of the Reading Collegiate Scholars program and his knowledge of the city is very helpful to the team.

The interns bring some new energy to the office and we even included them in our annual staff miniature golf outing (they could use some work on their putting games).

Intern Monique Dorroh and Jason Brudereck, director of communication, at our annual miniature golf open, which is named the Conrad Weiser Cup after the pioneer and founder of Berks County.

High quality internship programs can be a valuable addition to the work of the Community Foundation as well as to the education of the students. We’re excited about what this year’s interns are contributing.


Kevin K. Murphy, President
Berks County Community Foundation