Elisabeth Bocklet

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I've worked in the nonprofit sector in this community since the early 1990s after graduating from Warren Wilson College. My partner and I have been together for over 20 years and currently have two, four-legged furries and tons of nieces and nephews.

Give us a glimpse into your role at United Way. How do you help us fulfill our mission? What are you most excited about accomplishing as a team?

As honored as I am to see firsthand how many people love this community and give their all to help others, and I am equally devastated by how many of our neighbors are still struggling to get by. 
As the Marketing and Communications Director, I feel an incredible responsibility to make sure that we tell stories about our work and the issues we are tackling in a way that doesn't reinforce painful or unhelpful narratives. 

At the end of the day, I want our work to help people feel uplifted, enlightened and connected after they read something our team has written or after attending an event we've held. I want them to feel like they have it in them to step outside their comfort zones and meet someone new

What’s your favorite thing about our community?

What do I love about this community? Well, there's our mountains and our rivers that soothe the soul but there are the people too. There's a spirit of "we've got this" among our neighbors. It never fails that when someone asks "hey can someone help us with x" there's almost always a reply of "yes!"

What would we find you doing when you aren’t at work?

ooh, I picked up my pen and ink recently and I'm super excited. I also love gardening, genealogy, knitting, and my dogs.

Do you have any podcast, book, music, or movie recommendations?

Let's see - just watched Hamilton and wow, it really is worth all the hype. I also just saw My Octopus Teacher and was moved by the power of proximity in developing relationships and understanding. This story took place underwater but you could easily see how the lessons translate to our own community and neighborhoods.

Tell us about any committees or associations you are a part of and/or awards/recognitions you’ve received.