From Special Reports

In the movie “Steel Magnolias,” Daryl Hannah’s character, Annelle, tells Dolly Parton’s character, Truvy, “I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.”

For Newnan’s Allie Oliver, no personal tragedy was involved, but she did discover a terrific job lead through a conversation that began in a hairstylist’s chair. “My mom does Miss Ginger’s hair,” Allie said.

An only child, Allie said she is very close to her parents, and her hairstylist mother happened to be the stylist for “Miss Ginger” Queener, the immediate past chairman of the Coweta Community Foundation. When Allie began looking for volunteer opportunities and her mother mentioned this to her client, Queener told her friend to send Allie over to apply for an actual paid position, and Allie has been working for the Foundation since the end of October. While Allie had heard of the Coweta Community Foundation, she said she didn’t know a lot about the organization until she began working there as an intern.

A 17-year-old Newnan High School senior, Allie is a member of the golf team and said she spends much of her time outside of class playing golf and hanging out with friends. She also spends part of that time helping at the CCF office. “I do a lot of filing and scanning paperwork,” she said, and she also helps by running errands such as picking up checks from local businesses. She does “all kinds of random stuff,” she said, and she likes that the work is flexible with her class schedule, allowing her to work after class and before golf team.

Allie said she plans to attend Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus and major in psychiatry, and she currently is thinking of studying to become a forensic psychiatrist.

Though Allie had known about some of the groups that work with the Foundation, such as Can’t Never Could, she said she never realized how very many of the local nonprofits were served by the Foundation. “I think it’s a great thing,” she said, adding that her internship has raised her awareness about “what all that they did.”

“I’ve met a lot of good people out of it,” she said. “It’s a really good opportunity for people to have.”

Dr. Steve Humphrey of Central Educational Center said the internship with the Foundation “has been good for Allie.” Humphrey, who serves as director of Work-Based Learning at CEC, said that nonprofits weren’t always considered for work-based learning partnerships, simply because some of them operated informally and were lacking the supervision that work-based learning requires. The Coweta Community Foundation was chosen as a partner because of “just the way that it’s run,” Humphrey said, noting that the Foundation has provided “a good professional experience with high levels of supervision.”

He said he would like to see the partnership continue, with other interns from CEC working at the Foundation in the future.

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Pictured above: Allie Oliver works at the Coweta Community Foundation’s Big Give Community Blood Drive earlier this year.