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Staff Spotlight: Emily Grace
December 28, 2016 | United Way Team

Welcome to United Way of East Central Iowa, Emily!

Emily Grace recently joined United Way’s Marketing and Communications team as our new Digital Media Specialist. Get to know a little about Emily by reading her responses below.

Tell us about where you’re from, where you grew up, etc.

I have grown up and continue to live in Marion, IA. It has always been home for me! I’m very close with my family. In fact, we all live within a couple miles of each other, which is definitely closer than most families.

What are your hobbies, what do you do for fun?

One of my biggest hobbies is baking! I originally went to school at Kirkwood Community College for Baking and Pastry Arts. I enjoy baking, but absolutely love decorating! I also enjoy crafting, reading, and watching a good movie with popcorn and M&Ms.

Why did you want to work for United Way?

I wanted to work for United Way to help positively impact the community. I have a passion for helping others and I cannot think of a better way to use what I know to give back.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Can I be one of those crayons that are multicolored? I think I would be royal blue, periwinkle (because who doesn’t love periwinkle?), a sunny yellow, and some type of teal or lime green. It may appear sort of weird, but overall I think it’s pretty interesting. Oh, and I think it would need to have some glitter mixed in, as well.

Who inspires you and why?

My mother and grandmother are two people who have greatly inspired me. I got my passion for baking from my grandmother at a young age, and my mother has shown me how to be selfless. They both have the ability to laugh at themselves, which I’m grateful to say is a trait that has been passed down to me!

 Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Besides Disney World, of course, I would say the east coast. I have family in Massachusetts and love going to visit them. Not only do I love being able to spend time with them, but of course enjoying the amazing fresh seafood.

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