Volunteer Spotlight: Pamela Reese Valentine

Pamela has been involved with United Way since 2007, when she was working in North Canton with the Girl Scouts. “One year they had me come and speak to Women United about Girl Scouts. They asked me to get involved with the Girl UP program as a volunteer and I did that, then became more involved with Women United from …

Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Pete

United Way of Greater Stark County Volunteer – Women United Steering Committee & 2019 Campaign Cabinet member Diane and her husband started volunteering for United Way of Greater Stark County because of an invite from Mark and Tonya Wright, 2019 United Way Campaign Co-chairs. Education is one of the three impact areas for United Way programs and it resonates strongly …

Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Mast

I first joined the steering committee for United Way of Greater Stark County’s Women United (formerly Women’s Leadership Council) in January 2014, and in April 2019, I became chair. While serving on the steering committee, I assisted with creating a new strategic plan for Women United. We revised our mission to: “Women United engages women in creating opportunities for supporting …

Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Fernandez

As a life-long Stark County resident, Bob Fernandez wanted to give back to his community from an early age. “I had parents who had a great deal of pride in Stark County, and they instilled that in me,” said Fernandez. “I always had an eye on the vitality and health of the community. When I reached an age where I …

Chris Remark

Volunteer Spotlight: Christopher Remark

When Aultman Hospital CEO Christopher Remark first began supporting United Way of Greater Stark County, he knew it played a vital role in the community. But it wasn’t until he joined the organization’s board of directors in 2011 that he fully appreciated its impact.   “When I started giving nearly 25 years ago, I knew [United Way of Greater Stark …

Courtney Johnson-Benson

Volunteer Spotlight: Courtney Johnson-Benson

Courtney Johnson-Benson has a passion for education. As Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the University of Akron, she helps students pursue their dreams of higher education, while navigating them through the complexities of the college admissions process. When she joined United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) in 2016, the organization’s focus on education seemed like a …

Helping Babies Reach Their First Birthdays

By Rich Desrosiers, Repository Executive Editor July 9, 2017 In most homes, a baby’s first birthday is celebrated in grand style. Big parties with gifts and balloons, maybe even a smash cake — although why anyone would buy or bake a cake and not eat it seems like a waste of great sugar (and a subject for another day). Today’s …

William Cook: Chair 2016-17, United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors

I am proud to re-introduce to you an organization that has been involved in our community well over 75 years. Its people and mission have evolved to be community leaders in addressing and removing obstacles in order to help local men, women and children achieve their full potential – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic position or location. We utilize …