ELU Member Spotlight: Alissa Ott

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As a dedicated member of ELU and also a Cabinet member, Alissa’s journey extends beyond ELU. Join us in taking a closer look at Alissa’s roles as a volunteer leader, what drives her, and the wisdom she’s shares with fellow ELU members looking to get more involved in the community.

Alissa’s commitment to her community extends to various organizations. When asked about her involvements, she mentioned, “I’m on the Marketing Committee for the Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum, as well as a member of the Greater Reading Young Professionals (GRYP).” Alissa joined GRYP after graduating from college to reconnect with her local area. Her involvement with the Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum began through her involvement with the Leadership Berks program.

Community involvement holds a special place in Alissa’s heart. She emphasized its significance, stating, “If we didn’t have generation after generation who care enough to give back, our community would not be what it is today. I have worked with so many leaders in my life who really care about our community, and that has been passed down to me.” Alissa emphasized the positive influence of ELU on her community leadership roles. She stated, “ELU has kept the needs of our community top of mind, which, in turn, encourages me to always be giving back in some way.”

For ELU members aspiring to expand their community involvement, Alissa offered valuable advice. “I would advise ELU members to go through the Leadership Berks program. It’s a great way to get exposed to organizations who need help. Also – just ask! ELU members are always willing to share the great work they are doing in the community.”

Alissa’s path from ELU to community leadership shares the importance of giving back and creating a positive impact. Alissa’s insights remind us that when it comes to volunteer leadership, the benefits are limitless.