Spotlight on…Molly McAllen

Date: April 29, 2015

What excites you most about United Way and Emerging Leaders United?
I love that every ELU event is not only fun, but has a tie back to the community. For example, we had a happy hour event last year where we donated kitchen supplies for the Family Stability initiative. It’s great to know that small donations from each of us can make a huge impact within the community to those in need.

Tell us about one of your favorite moments with ELU.
My absolute favorite moment of ELU thus far was from the Hometown Huddle. Prior to beginning our field day at M&T Bank Stadium, all of the volunteers lined up to form a tunnel for the school-aged participants to run through. I LOVED seeing the excitement on their faces. No matter what else may be going on with those children, each one of them felt like a superstar in that moment!

Tell us about your 211 listening session. What kind of impact did it have on you?
I was fortunate enough to have a 211 session with a variety of different calls. Some calls were from case workers looking to help their clients, while others were directly from people within the community who were in need of assistance themselves. It always feels good to give back, but when you can hear in people’s voices how grateful they are, it lets you know that every little bit makes a difference.

How did you find out about Emerging Leaders United and why did you decide to join?
One of my best friends has been involved with ELU for years. I saw all of the fun activities she was doing with ELU and was already looking for some sort of volunteer opportunity within the community. My first ELU event was the music video premier and I was instantly hooked!

What are you most thankful for?
I’m most thankful for the opportunities I have had in my life. I think we don’t always recognize how lucky we are when we are in the moment. Looking back, I’ve realized how lucky I have been to have supportive mentors and educational opportunities that I probably took for granted at the time.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
My Great Aunt always used to say, “What’s meant for ya don’t miss ya, hon!”
You can work hard and sometimes things just aren’t meant to be. I try to remember her words and remind myself that just because something doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Bravo TV. I always say I won’t get sucked into another show, but I always do!

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