ASHLAND – The United Way of Ashland County‘s luncheon on Tuesday was an opportunity to celebrate community members and its 2022 fundraising campaign, which exceeded the goal of $850,000 to reach a total of $920,154.
“Ashland County, thank you for being the star of the show,” United Way of Ashland County Executive Director Stacy Schiemann told partner agency representatives and community guests at the 64th annual meeting held at Ashland University‘s Convocation Center.
The campaign centered on one word, Schiemann said — generosity.
“It applies to each one of you in this room.”
It began with the challenge gift of Bob and Jan Archer, she said, noting Jan Archer has served United Way in every capacity, and Bob Archer is “a force of nature.”
Despite “a life-changing experience for all of us” brought on by the pandemic, Schiemann said, “what hasn’t changed is the life-sustaining work of our partner agencies.”
Telehealth services one of many ways United Way of Ashland County agencies help the community
Among the many ways United Way agencies have been meeting the community’s health and well-being needs during a challenging period of time are developing telehealth services; increasing transportation; and addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, utility, rent and mortgage needs.
The partner agencies not only provide services, Schiemann said, but also raise funds for them.
‘(They) connect with each other and the clients they serve … they believe in each other and the community.”
Jerry Strausbaugh, speaking on behalf of Appleseed Community Mental Health Center, in addition to United Way’s other partner agencies, thanked those who give “not only of their resources. But really in this room are people who give so much more than that,” he said.
“All of us are mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations,” Strausbaugh said, dependent upon partnerships to do their work.
“The people in this room, the individuals, are what make Ashland a great place to live and work.”
J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year award for 2021 goes to Brittaney Reep
Presenting the financial report in the business portion of the meeting was 2021 treasurer Brittaney Reep, who commended the campaigns of the last two years for being successfully run ” in the midst of so much uncertainty.”
Reep was also honored as the J. Robert Tipton Volunteer of the Year for 2021.
Schiemann praised Reep for strategic use of funds and for making “a lasting impact on our organization.”
“I hope you know …. how much you have meant to our organization,” Schiemann said.
Installed as the new slate of officers were Todd Geren as president; Nicole Hawks, vice president; Chris Bevington, treasurer; and Dan Lawson, secretary.
Also announced were incoming board members Angie Cirone of Ashland Source; Nicole Hawks of Critchfield, Critchfield and Johnson; and Natalie Pryor of BCU Electric.
Retiring members are Jordan Peden, Catherine Puster, Clint Leibolt and Reep.
Top companies and Pacesetters of the United Way campaign recognized
Dan and Lynne Lawson, campaign chairpersons, recognized the top companies and Pacesetters of the campaign.
No matter the size of the gift, Lynne Lawson said, it’s when they come together that they assist those in great need.
The year 2021 turned out to be just about as challenging as 2020 was difficult, Scheimann said, asking, “How do we move through 2022? My answer is together.”
Support raised through the campaign will provided the funding for services offered by partner agencies in 2022.