by liz onufer | photo by Soul of Photography

92024 Volunteer Allison Andrews Commits Her Time to Those Who Need It Most

volunteer_andrews2From the local humane society to children in foster care, Allison Andrews is passionate about contributing to her community. “I’m moved and motivated by populations that need someone in their corner or rely on others for care, such as the elderly, animals, and babies,” Allison shared. This personal mission has led her to serve a wide range of organizations from Rancho Coastal Humane Society to St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services and Angels Family Foster Network.

Allison’s commitment to volunteering began early in life. “I can’t pinpoint exactly how it started. I’ve been volunteering and working in my community with organizations since I was a young child because I genuinely wanted to,” she reminisced. In high school Allison was nationally recognized for her work with the Red Cross. Today Allison’s dedication remains unwavering although she acknowledged that her sense of accomplishment has shifted. “Now it’s not about the awards but more about the success stories. How many dogs we were able to save, how many babies we placed in safe homes, and how much we could raise to continue these great organizations.”

Name: Allison Andrews Canter
Community: Encinitas
Volunteer Affiliation: FAB Authority, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Love on a Leash, St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services, Art for Barks, and Ross Family Foundation
Profession: President of APA Business Consulting, Inc., Founder & Director of Fashion Week San Diego, and Executive Director of FAB Authority 501(c)(3)
Family: Husband — Elliot Canter; three rescue dogs; three rescue cats
Hobbies: Walking, gardening, travel, cooking, fashion, and art
Favorite Local Spots: Seaside Market, Sakura-Bana, Swami’s State Beach, Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Store, Fish Market, Home Goods, Soul of Yoga, and San Elijo Lagoon

As a volunteer and board member for multiple nonprofit organizations, Allison works to ensure their strength and sustainability. She is currently looking ahead to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Gala on Nov. 14 and Art for Barks’ first fundraising event this fall. In addition to planning and attending the events, Allison recognized the need for volunteers. “All the organizations I’m affiliated with are always looking for wonderful people to contribute time, energy, and donations,” she said.

Most recently, Allison has founded her own nonprofit, the FAB Authority. She explained the organization’s mission is “to support and encourage business owners in fashion, art, and beauty with resources and tools.” FAB Authority recognizes that these small businesses strengthen local economies and aid in the growth of communities. The group offers free workshops to help emerging business owners grow and support their new ventures.


Apart from her work with nonprofits, Allison enjoys yoga, gardening, walking her dogs, and traveling with her husband. She appreciates growing her own organic food and looks forward to adding chickens soon. The quiet time she spends around her home and Encinitas is some of her favorite. “I love the people of Encinitas, the coastline, and the vibe that is uniquely Encinitas. I feel a sense of calm come over me when I’m in my neighborhood,” Allison shared.