Corey McGuigan '05

Non- Profit Dreams

Corey McGuiganAfter being diagnosed with leukemia in September 2005, Corey McGuigan received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  From that day on, it was clear that he was going to work for a nonprofit organization.  The only question was how to get started.

In 2008, after graduating from Farmington High School in New Hampshire, Corey enrolled in the Community Leadership (CoLead) program at the Thompson School of Applied Science.  At the Thompson School, he took advantage of the small class sizes and intimate educational environment.  In the CoLead program, Corey learned about nonprofits, leadership, and communication from his well-respected professors Kate Hanson and Tim Barretto. 

Fast forward to the year 2010, Corey is now a program director at the Boys and Girls Club in Laconia, NH.  The Boys and Girls Club of America is a nonprofit organization that offers before and after school programs for children and teens. The program offers arts and crafts, sports, and other methods of character development.

The Community Leadership program was perfect for Corey.  He loved having all the benefits of a big university while still having the opportunity to be an individual, rather than just a number.  Working with nonprofit organizations while at the Thompson School helped Corey direct his life towards his ultimate goal: working for a nonprofit.  For his senior CoLead Capstone Project, Corey put together a dodgeball tournament for Make-A-Wish Foundation at the UNH Whittemore Center and raised over $1,000 to fund a wish—just like he received in 2006. 

Currently, Corey is enjoying working with the Boys and Girls Club, although he is considering going back to school part-time at some point in the future.  Corey’s ambition is to someday be a director of the Boys and Girls Club, and have a family of his own.

Read this story in Foster's Daily Democrat about Corey's Dream Taking Shape >>>

Written by Logan Keene

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