In getting to know Katie Ellenwood, there is one word that comes up more than any other -  supportive. This idea of being supportive is not only found in her work at Cultivate, although it shines brightly in both her work with the VetsGo and Carry-Out Caravan programs, it can also be found in all aspects of her life whether it be as a friend, sister or coworker.  

Coming from a “family of caring,” Katie has had support and giving modeled for her throughout her life. As a child, she and her siblings would volunteer at the nursing home where her mother worked as a nurse. She also watched both of her grandmothers model community support through formal and non-formal service. Today, you can see Katie carrying on that tradition in her work as a Program Specialist at Cultivate. 

How did she get to Cultivate? Her journey to our door was the result of her taking some risks! After college, Katie worked as a nanny for a family that decided to relocate to Colorado. Katie had visited Colorado before, but this move would mean leaving her family and small Indiana town behind. She took the leap and moved herself to Boulder. She then made the shift to working as a preschool teacher. 

Next, she had a chance to visit Uganda with some friends. Now, she had traveled abroad before in college when she studied in Italy (another risk! See a pattern?), but it was still a big jump for her. Her visits to Uganda were what led her to volunteer for and eventually work at a non-profit that helped women start their own businesses in Uganda. This work in the nonprofit world, and a chance visit to a Cultivate event with a friend, led her to joining our team almost four years ago. 

Living in Boulder has provided her with ample opportunities to engage in some of her favorite activities. She can often be found outdoors in both the winter and summer. Katie is always on the trails with her dog, George Milo McGruff, affectionately known as Milo. Milo is a rescue hound who found Katie on a hiking trail one day while he was wearing a vest that said “adopt me.” Katie was not about to ignore that sign! She also enjoys skiing and yoga, but tends to leave Milo out of those activities, even though his downward dog is excellent. 

Whether it is children, older adults or dogs, Katie has spent her life supporting those around her. She now serves as a role model for the caring and giving that characterized much of her life, and there will surely be more opportunities for her to give in the future. After all, we know she is not afraid to take a risk and these risks have always landed her somewhere amazing!

About Carly Marquis:

Carly is passionate about working in the area to ensure that everyone is supported by the wealth of resources available in our community. Throughout her years at Cultivate she has stood in awe of the power of volunteerism. As Director of Volunteers, she is eager to continue to help those in her community find ways to give back.