Meet the Bees: Brittany Iery

The Beehive Collective 2015 Board of Directors are working hard to continue our mission to pollinate community giving in Raleigh. You may have met these ladies at one of our many events throughout the year, and now, we’re giving you a closer look. Find out why they became a Bee and why they are dedicated to making Raleigh a better place. Meet the Bees!

Kicking things off is Brittany Iery, our Communications Committee Chairperson and board member since 2015.

Tell us about yourself!
I’m from Rocky Mount, NC and I graduated from UNC Wilmington (Go Seahawks!) I have worked at NC Conservation Network as an organizer for 4 and a half years and I co-founded RDU Baton.

What made you want to join The Beehive Collective? What is your favorite part about being a Bee?

I joined The Beehive Collective because I wanted to make a difference in my community. When I moved to Raleigh, I was looking for a way to give back to the community, and The Beehive Collective seemed like the perfect fit!

My favorite part about being a Bee is the chance to vote on who receives our small and large grants. There’s nothing better than being able to give money away to a nonprofit who is working to make Raleigh a better place!

Why is The Beehive Collective important to you? To community giving in Raleigh?
The Beehive Collective is important to me because my community is important to me. I want to make sure the community where I’m putting my roots down is a happy and healthy place for everyone and everything that call it home.

To me, community giving in Raleigh is important because, simply put, it’s the best way to strengthen our community.

What inspires you about being a part of a giving circle?
I love the idea of being part of a giving circle that awards grants to Raleigh nonprofits who are making a difference in the community I call home. It also rocks that we get to decide as a membership which charity or community group we will grant the funds to!

Which grant recipient or project have you been most proud of?
I am particularly proud of the large grant we awarded to Walnut Creek Elementary School last year. It was very gratifying to know that the funds would be used to invest in professional development for teachers, a “leveled” library for all grades, and new books for their classrooms. I was very proud that The Beehive Collective was able to make a difference by providing these basic resources to a local school.

Why should others consider joining The Beehive Collective?
If you want to help make a difference in Raleigh, then you should become a Bee. It’s a great way to get more involved in your community and meet other amazing folks who care about Raleigh as much as you do!

Why do you think the Bee Ball is the best party in Raleigh?
Adult prom! Who doesn’t love the best party in Raleigh?! Some of my favorite memories of the Bee Ball come from the amazing music played. I’m pretty sure there’s video evidence of my good friend and I singing every single word to the Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”.

Join Brittany and become a Bee! Clicking here to make your 2015 pledge today!