Emmett Kelly has been volunteering in the local community since his arrival to Columbus in 1996 as a Capital University Law School student when he was involved in the student association and the local Bar. Since 2014 Emmett has served on the Homeport Board, focusing on programs and development. He also serves on the Operations Board of The Buckeye Ranch and previously on the Ranch’s Foundation Board. The children served by The Buckeye Ranch are some of the same children served by Homeport. This supports his belief that charitable and uplifting organizations can work together to coordinate services and outcomes for their clients. He also serves on the Board of the Columbus Metropolitan Club where such community conversations occur and are debated.
Professionally, Emmett is a Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC and focuses his practice on public finance and economic development, including Public-Private Partnership projects. He sees his role in law as another avenue to benefit the community. Emmett also works with area youth by coaching local lacrosse, soccer and baseball teams.
Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?
I feel strongly that the housing and supporting services provided by Homeport creates stability for those served and the community at large. A community can be measured by how it serves those in need. Homeport makes us proud in how it serves those in need of affordable housing.
What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?
First thing to do is become a member of the “Army of 1,000!” Next is to do some research on affordable housing and learn how important it is to providing a stable base for the community to grow and thrive, especially for our young people.
What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?
Providing a safe place for our families to find community and stability is critical. Knowing where you are sleeping each night provides comfort and allows you to focus on your family and work. That success builds stronger communities and ownership opportunities -- which is a source of pride for all.