Ellen Carpenter

Ellen started working at Heart of West Michigan United Way in 2013.

What Ellen does at United Way: Brand, marketing, and communication

What Ellen did before United Way: I executed marketing strategy like branding, public relations, advertising, social media, websites, events, product development for great local companies like Amway, Perrigo, and Bank of Holland.

What Ellen does when she isn’t working: Music is my #1 hobby. I sing, play piano and guitar.

Issue Ellen is most passionate about: Helping families – especially those with children – meet their basic needs. All people should have access to healthy food, stable housing, affordable health care and United Way funds wonderful, effective organizations who make that happen throughout Kent County.

Ellen’s favorite part of her job: I am most passionate about dispelling myths that people may have about giving a “hand-up” to those in need. And, finding the perfect place for people to make a difference through volunteering.

Favorite volunteer activity: God’s Kitchen, Degage, Ronald McDonald House West Michigan, West Michigan Spartans

Favorite thing about West Michigan: I LOVE being surrounded by great lakeshore communities.

Favorite place to eat or drink: All things craft beer – Founders, The Mitten