VERMILLION  — United Way of Vermillion is pleased to announce Ellie Pyles as their new Community Impact Director!

Ellie and her family moved to Vermillion in 2014 from Bloomington, Indiana, where she worked as Assistant to the Dean of the IU-Bloomington School of Law and as a Litigation Paralegal. Ellie previously served as Operations Coordinator for the Vermillion Food Pantry and Secretary at First United Methodist Church.

She is also the founder of The Evan Project Diaper Bank, which provides diapers and wipes to Vermillion babies experiencing diaper need, as well as feminine and personal care items to mothers and others. The Evan Project is named for Ellie’s late brother to honor the spirit of generosity he so often demonstrated, including buying diapers for a mother in need. As the parent of two young children herself, Ellie is passionate about making sure that families get access to this sometimes overlooked necessity. “Diapers are not covered by WIC, SNAP, or TANF, so there is a real need. Folks can get assistance with food and child care costs, but not diapers,” explained Pyles. “All babies deserve to be clean, healthy, and dry.”

Both Ellie and the Evan Project will be moving to United Way of Vermillion’s Community Connection Center at 9 Court St. in June.

“We are so excited to have Ellie on board,” said United Way of Vermillion Executive Director Kelsey Collier-Wise. “Her experience, skill, and passion for helping others is the perfect fit for United Way, and the Evan Project is the perfect fit for what we’re trying to do at the Community Connection Center.”

Follow the Evan Project and the Community Connection Center on Facebook for updated hours, or call 605-658-0118 for more information.

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