Annie Frundle, an Avila University social work student, began working half-time with ASFC Kansas City as a social work intern in August. Annie has been learning about AFSC's work and assisted with preparations for the Crossroads peace festival on October 1.

Her placement requires both “macro” experiences (e.g. policy chance, organizing, public education, advocacy) and “micro” experiences (e.g. social work counseling, identification of needed services, etc.)

At the peace festival, Jon Krieg asked Annie why she's interning with AFSC.

Annie Frundle: Justice has always been really heavy on my heart, and I really believe in peace. I have always thought about what justice means to me and I feel like it’s love seen in public. I really believe it’s a good thing to be doing.

Jon Krieg: So what are doing with AFSC? I see you’re staffing the literature table here.

Annie Frundle: The Iraqi refugees are a big topic we’re discussing and working on. The war, and also we’re doing “prayer flags” to ask people what they believe peace is and to give them hope.

Jon Krieg: So people write their hopes or visions for peace on the flags?

Annie Frundle: Yes.

Jon Krieg: How long are you with AFSC?

Annie Frundle: Until May 2011.

Jon Krieg: That’s a long time with Ira!

Annie Frundle: It is. But he’s great, I’ve already learned a lot.

Jon Krieg: So what sort of social work do you want to do?

Annie Frundle: More international level, macro, legislative. I’m a senior.

Jon Krieg: Please tell me more about AFSC’s work with Iraqi refugees in Kansas City.

Annie Frundle: I’m working with one family. I’ve taken them to clothes closets, helping them with the simple needs that sometimes fall through the cracks. It’s been really humbling. It’s taught me about things that aren’t spoken about in our culture.

[Interview ends with a peaceful fist pump.]