VolunteerLocal Field Expert: Anna Elliot

Anna Elliot

Des Moines, IowaAnna Elliot

 “I always come back to this: volunteering provides a shared experience with a common goal. It brings people and communities together.”

What do you love about your hometown?

Des Moines has the friendliness and familiarity of a small town with some big city perks, like good food, shows, and parks.

Tell us about your unique perspective when it comes to volunteer coordination.

I write from the perspective of the volunteer and participant. I have been involved in many different projects of all kinds and have seen first-hand the need and difference volunteers make. I’ve also attended more events that rely on volunteers than I can count and have benefited from the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

What is your favorite hobby or activity outside of work:

I like staying active! I practice yoga, teach barre, and rock climb.

Who is your favorite musical artist?

If I must choose one, Bon Iver.

Where would your friends find you on a typical Friday night?

On Friday night you might find me at a show downtown or sitting on the porch with some friends.


Kaylee Williams is the President of VolunteerLocal, a volunteer scheduling, management and communication platform for organizations of all types and sizes. Williams is passionate about community service and inclusion (diversity) in tech. She is a triathlete, volunteer coach for Girls on the Run, bass guitar player and homebrewer.