Your Name: Elizabeth Norris
Location: Lenoir, NC
NYAB Term(s): 2008-2009
Update us! What has happened to you since you last served on the NYAB?After completing high school, I attended Lenoir Rhyne University. I completed a B.A. in Human and Community Service in 2013 with the desire to work in nonprofits that benefit the less fortunate.
What are you doing now?I am now a Shelter Coordinator of Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, LEOS. We are Caldwell County, NC, first full-service permanent emergency shelter serving men, women and children, entire families under one roof. We are a program of Caldwell County Yokefellow.
How would you say serving on the NYAB influenced your life?Serving NYAB gave me the skills of knowing how to give presentations and do public speaking. NYAB experience taught me about the importance of small things making huge impacts. Serving on a board of an organization that was started by youth, is beyond enlightening.
Anything you would like to tell future NYAB members?No one is too young or too small to become equipped with the skills to raise awareness about supporting agencies that make a difference. Find your passion, and do it! You are enough, to make a difference! NYAB gives you the opportunity to not only serve and encourage others, but also the chance to be the change!
Final thoughts?Food is something that we all take for granted, yet there are hundreds in our own communities that struggle to have a meal on their table each night for themselves and their children. Learning about the impacts that food insecurity can do to someone is just as interesting as learn about what you can do about it. Take the opportunity to be the change, everyone can do something!
Elizabeth Norris, we are so excited to hear you are still helping those less fortunate. Thank you for inspiring future NYAB members to be the change!