Community Grant Reader: Elyse Byrnes

Community Grant Reader: Elyse Byrnes

Read what inspired Else Byrnes to become a community grant reader with YCCF and learn how you can join this passionate group of volunteers.

How did you learn about this volunteer opportunity?
As a former employee of York County Community Foundation, I know firsthand the good work the foundation does to affect change for a more vibrant York County. Ever since transitioning out of the nonprofit sphere, I’ve missed that direct connection to York. When the volunteer grant reader position was announced, I quickly signed up!

What do you like best about being a community grant reader?
I like reading the thoughtful proposals from the organizations in York County doing great work. People have such creative ideas and creative problem-solving abilities, and it makes me so happy to be able to help fund some of these important causes.

Which causes are you most passionate about?
I don’t think I have a particular cause specifically but I’m very data-minded, so data-backed problem solving always gets me excited.

Which grant was the most impactful for you, and why?
I remember being particularly moved from a proposal from York Habitat for Humanity and their Chestnut Street Justice Build program. I remembered how it ticked several boxes of innovative community problem solving: bringing a grassroots community approach to remove blighted housing and rebuilding a home for a deserving family.

What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I have a master’s degree in Irish Studies.

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