Association House is proud to announce the expansion of our Auxiliary Board of Young Professionals. This group is dedicated to support the organization’s mission and create awareness of its community impact for a wider set of professional and public audiences in and around Chicago.

Get to meet our new members below and if you or someone you may know would like to be apart of this group visit here.

Meet Meg:

  1. Why were you originally interested in young professional (Auxiliary) service? Volunteering has always been important to me; however, given recent events, I feel it’s more important than ever to get involved in the community. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was fortunate to have a great education and endless resources which have led me to where I am today. I believe that everyone should have access to the same resources and opportunities that I have had. By joining the Auxiliary Board at Association House, I hope to have a sustained impact on the community.
  2. What aspect of AHC’s mission or impact most inspires you? AHC’s extensive outreach truly inspires me. When I toured Association House, I was shocked by how many floors there were, each with a unique service designed to meet the different needs of the community. I was originally drawn to the workforce development program but was inspired by all of AHC’s initiatives. I’m looking forward to learning more and supporting all these initiatives.
  3. What do you wish to get out of your Auxiliary service/membership? I hope to become more involved in my community and learn from other people’s experiences. I’m also excited to meet other people with a shared mission to get involved in the community.
  4. How do you see yourself being most effective – in terms of Auxiliary involvement? Since learning about Association House and joining the Auxiliary Board, I’ve been telling everyone I know about it. Everyone I speak to is impressed by the mission and interested in supporting AHC. I hope to bring more awareness and support to AHC as I get more involved.
  5. What is a personal fun fact that you’d like the public to know? I majored in Spanish in college. I can read it and understand it pretty well (if you talk slowly) but could use more practice speaking it. 

Meet Lauren:

  1. Why were you originally interested in young professional (Auxiliary) service? Since high school, I have spent various amounts of time volunteering for different organizations. As I got older and grew in my profession I found myself seeking to fill a void in my time outside of work and having a desire to share my knowledge and experiences I have had. Wanting to really focus and give my time to an organization, I became interested in serving on a young professional’s auxiliary board where I could dedicate a lot of my time outside of work.
  2. What aspect of AHC’s mission or impact most inspires you? When I found The House, what really stuck out to me was “create opportunities for educational and economic advancement.” As a finance professional, I find myself taking advantage of the financial knowledge that I carry with me day to day. When I read this part of the mission, I knew that I had found the place that I wanted to serve. I have a deep passion to educate individuals who may not have access to the resources that I do or had when I was navigating through my teen and young adult years. Additionally, the breadth of services that AHC offers is something that is truly remarkable and I really look forward to being inspired by taking action on the mission.
  3. What do you wish to get out of your Auxiliary service/membership? I am excited to be able to network with other young professionals to work towards one common goal, which is to serve and create a positive presence in the community. I am also looking forward to extending the mission of AHC to individuals in my personal and professional network and be able to bring recognition to the need that is out there right in our own communities and the passion I have to serve the need right in our own communities.
  4. How do you see yourself being most effective – in terms of Auxiliary involvement? I see myself being most effective by being able to utilize the resources that I have and involving the network that I am connected to. Additionally, having a finance background, I am really looking forward to knowing the ins and outs of the House specifically the depth of the programs that are offered and funded and the services that are provided so that the Auxiliary Board knows where the need is most and how we can make the most impact.
  5. What is a personal fun fact that you’d like the public to know? I am a transplant to Chicago (have lived here 10 years) from Nebraska by way of Colorado and learned to snow ski when I was 4 years old.

Meet Britie:

  1. Why were you originally interested in young professional (Auxiliary) service? As a newly minted Chicago resident, I recognize the value of creating strong roots within my community. From my early conversations with the AHC staff and board members, I understood that joining the Auxiliary Board I would enable me to increase my commitment and to really help drive change from within an organization.
  2. What aspect of AHC’s mission or impact most inspires you? Working for a consulting firm that is deeply committed to improving healthcare and education, I immediately felt a strong alignment between my professional life, my desire to serve my community, and AHC’s mission. Furthermore, AHC’s strong focus on creating the foundation for increased independence in order to promote a higher quality of life is very inspiring to me.
  3. What do you wish to get out of your Auxiliary service/membership? Not only do I hope to drive actionable change as part of my commitment to the board, but I am eager to develop meaningful relationships with my fellow Auxiliary Board members. My experience has taught me that with cohesion and a strong sense of mutual purpose, we will be able to deeply impact the city of Chicago and its residents.
  4. How do you see yourself being most effective – in terms of Auxiliary involvement? I hope to engage my broad Chicago-based network to bring awareness to the challenges that AHC addresses. I am also excited to continue to help grow the Auxiliary Board and with it the sense of creativity that comes with increased diversity of our membership.
  5. What is a personal fun fact that you’d like the public to know? I was a downhill ski racer starting from when I was 4 years old and it is still my favorite way to spend my free time!

Meet Becki:

  1. Why were you originally interested in young professional (Auxiliary) service? I am working towards opening a small non-profit of my own and want to gain experience from all angles of the operation in order to fully understand how to run it successfully. Auxiliary service will allow me to dabble in event planning, networking, and fundraising, which are areas I would like to grow in. 
  2. What aspect of AHC’s mission or impact most inspires you? I am a current social worker and former special educator, so my professional work and values are directly aligned with AHC’s mission. The wrap-around service model AHC offers its clients is very rare and I know I will learn a lot from what they are able to offer the community.  
  3. What do you wish to get out of your Auxiliary service/membership? I am excited to grow my knowledge of the behind-the-scenes aspects of non-profits whole simultaneously making a direct impact on the community I live in. 
  4. How do you see yourself being most effective – in terms of Auxiliary involvement? I see myself offering a unique “boots on the ground” perspective to the Auxiliary Board since I have direct experience in the field and with clients on a daily basis through my career. I also have a strength in logistics and event coordination, so will look forward to utilizing those skills. 
  5. What is a personal fun fact that you’d like the public to know? I have a guinea pig named Marshmallow who is best friends with my cats.