Just under two months. I started the first week in January.
What projects are you/your department working on right now?
Grants, grants, and more grants! But seriously, mostly approving Community Investments Program grant applications and reviewing Final Report Forms. It’s actually a very exciting time for us since we just got approved to increase the amounts on Promise and Gratitude Grants and we’re approaching the Community Investments Program’s 10th year.
What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
I really enjoy reviewing Final Report Forms. I get a good look into the projects we fund and how they’re impacting local communities. Most of them come with pictures and those are a lot of fun to look through.
Describe your average day at the ENF.
My average day at the ENF starts with responding to emails from local Elks Lodges followed by sorting through the mail to see what exciting things the Lodges have sent us. The majority of the mail we receive is Final Report Forms which I then sort by grant because Mary, Sarah and I each handle different grants. After opening and sorting the mail, I review and process Final Report Forms. Depending on how many we receive that day I might also scour through our files for new pictures to post on the CIP’s Instagram or write a story for Elks in Action. I’ve written two Promise Grant stories so far and I strongly encourage you to check them out. Click here to read the most recent!
What are you looking forward to this year?
I’m really excited to celebrate the 10th year of the Community Investments Program! It’s great to see how much this program has grown and the impact it continues to have in Elks communities. It’s a very exciting time for me to come on board.
Outside of the ENF, I’m really looking forward to the summer. It has been a long and drawn out winter here in Chicago so I’m ready to get outside and enjoy the city.
What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
I have a fear of clusters of holes, specifically tiny ones. They give me the heebie-jeebies for days. I didn’t realize it was a thing until the topic came up when talking with a friend one day.
What reality show would you go on and why?
Is there one where you get to travel the world and eat a lot of food? That’s the one I’d be on. Ideally it’d be co-hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Shakira.
A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. Lodges meet local needs in Elks communities through Community Investments Program Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges opportunities to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit www.elks.org/enf/community.