As an intern here at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center, part of my duty is to support the center in its mission. In an effort to fully understand that mission, it’s helpful to know more about the man whose name lives on through the center’s work.
Paul Clarke passed away in 1997, so it is impossible for me to ever know the real Paul Clarke. I was provided with this Journal Gazette article which explains his life and legacy. According to the article, “[Paul Clarke] didn’t want to name buildings after himself – he was more interested in having someplace where people could go to get information.”
Having worked for the Allen County Public Library since 2010, I have come to understand that access to information is one of the most valuable services a library provides to its community. It has been said that “Knowledge is Power,” and the information provided at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center empowers new and existing nonprofit organizations to help people in need.
I can’t help but wonder if knowing Paul Clarke would have changed my perception of the importance of the work I do as an intern here. Reading about Paul’s life and legacy gives me a clearer vision of the importance of the center.
So, I ask any readers who knew Paul Clarke to share their experiences in the comments section below. We want to know more about the man whom we represent here at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.