Illustration by Randall Nelson
2013 Volunteer Hall of Fame: Elise Linehan
Day job: Vice president of product development for Julia Knight Inc.
Volunteerism: Project SUCCESS
Elise Linehan is goal-oriented. That’s what drew her to Project SUCCESS nine years ago. The local organization puts facilitators in middle and high schools to connect with students, hold workshops, and set clear objectives for their future. “It’s a great program because it gets kids to start thinking about their future in sixth grade—and then start goal- setting, and then think about how they’ll achieve their goals,” Linehan explains. “And then when they graduate, they really have a plan for their future.”
Linehan serves on the board, where she has had several different behind-the-scenes roles. “I felt like the skills I could bring were organization, leadership, motivation, marketing, and events. That’s how I really got involved with volunteering, I love working with people and projects.”
Project SUCCESS also expands kids’ horizons. “The kids and their families get to experience theater,” Linehan says. “Project SUCCESS partners with 30-plus local theaters and offers complimentary tickets to students at schools to attend performances with their families. If necessary, Project SUCCESS will provide daycare or transportation.” When parents are active with their children in a creative environment, dreams are born, Linehan says. They start seeing new possibilities that shape their goals. A brighter future becomes within reach.