Alumni Profiles: Allison A. Alaimo '05
Allison Alaimo joined Veteran’s Inc. in Worcester as a volunteer in 2002. A few months later, she accepted a full-time position with the agency, steadily rising through the ranks from employment and training specialist to her current position as vice president of Finance, Development, and Administration. During her tenure, the agency’s annual operating budget has increased from $750,000 to $10 million, with assets of over $15 million.
What’s more, Veterans Inc. has grown to become the largest supportive services agency in New England, with programs in all six states helping more than 55,000 veterans and their family members in need. The organization, which helps prepare veterans for transition to civilian life, offers housing, job training and support services such as counseling, child care, and transportation. Under her leadership, the agency developed the first-in-the-state housing program for women veterans and their dependent children.
Allison’s success rate for grant applications is over 70 percent. For example, she wrote a number of successful applications for both capital and new program funding that have resulted in both geographical expansion throughout New England as well as specifically bringing more services to veterans and their families.
Allison is passionate about helping veterans. She believes there is no one more deserving of support than those who stood up for and honorably served their country. Her passion and commitment have earned her a number of accolades over the years: “Twelve Who Made a Difference in Central Mass.” in 2012, Go Local Worcester; “40 Under Forty” in 2008, Worcester Business Journal; “28 to Watch in 2008,” Pulse Magazine; “Unsung Heroine Award” for Worcester from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in 2007.
She is active in the community and currently on the Board of Directors for the Canal District Alliance in Worcester.