Q: Let’s start easy. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
A: Well, I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a degree from Ohio University where I majored in dance and minored in business. Post-graduation I thought it might exciting to start my own dance company. After some reflection, I decided that if I wanted to run a successful business of my own, I better start in the business industry. I applied for position at KeyBank in Ohio, but got an offer for an Indianapolis branch, instead. I was a little apprehensive about a move, but the interview went well it felt like the right opportunity. I had every intention on working my way up in the Indy market and then moving back to Cleveland, but to my surprise things changed, and Indy became my new home.
Q: We love hearing why transplants stay in central Indiana and what about our region hooks them. What was this for you?
A: I love how the city has all the bells and whistles of a big city, but the people are just so humble and inviting. Indy is also where I was introduced to the Little Red Door Cancer Agency which has really made me feel a sense of belonging in the city.
Q: Yes! And now you’re nominated for an ELEVATE Award for your work as a volunteer with Little Red Door! Tell us more about their mission.
A: At Little Red Door, we help make the best of life with cancer. Unfortunately there are a lot of gaps in reality of what a cancer patient has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. We try to fill those gaps. There are many services Little Red Door provides that treat the whole patient. There are wellness programs to help with common side effects of treatment. There is a boutique available to women who may struggle with how their appearance might change. Patients can also receive assistance with transportation to and from doctor visits.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories from volunteering with Little Red Door?
A: I have so many. I love the opportunities to interact with patients and their families. This past Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I volunteered to deliver meals. It was very eye-opening. Just imagine if you’re the person in your family who coordinates Thanksgiving – the holiday meals, the preparation of the house for guests, and then hosting. Now imagine that you’re trying to do this with cancer. On our visits, families opened up their doors to us. It was special to know that with a little effort on our part, we could make their Thanksgiving more special and a bit more hassle-free.
Q: Finish this sentence for us. “A great volunteer means…”
A: Being a great friend. No matter how long you’ve known or been in contact with someone, creating relationships is invaluable.
We know that Ashley makes a real impact on her friends and peers. You can tell in the way her nominator wrote about what Ashley means to her!
“I am not aware that Ashley has ever been recognized for all of her selfless and generous actions. She is truly a beautiful person who is seeking to not only ELEVATE her community, but to bring other young professionals along for the ride encouraging networking and the ELEVATING of others within ALL of the organizations that she is involved with.”
Congrats, Ashley on your nomination!
Thanks to our United Way of Central Indiana Special Events Intern, Micalah Booher for her help on this piece. Micalah is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with a double major in Radio & Television and Communication Studies. She was a cross country and track and field student-athlete at USI. She spends her free time with friends and working out at the YMCA. Thanks Micalah!