Yes, You Are Valuable to Your Community

“I was actually unfamiliar with Project Blueprint until a previous graduate reached out and shared their experience of the training with me,” said Tiffany “TK” Kinnard-Payton, recent graduate of Project Blueprint and Dean of Students at Walsh University. “She said it could be something beneficial to what I am doing professionally. Originally, I wasn’t going to be able to participate, …

Gavin Clay – Inspired Youth 2021 Award Recipient

“When Gavin found out his classmate, DJ Patterson, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, he wanted to do something to help,” said Krista Clay, Gavin’s mother. “He researched organizations that donate or help with research for pediatric cancers and decided on St. Baldrick’s. He liked the fact that the organization is primarily run by volunteers and felt very compelled to join …

Ryan Miller – 2021 DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award Recipient

“Ryan is a little different than what you might expect from a restaurant owner. He uses his business as a tool to help surrounding areas, making an impact in our local community,” says his nominator, Derek Gordon. “He goes a little bit under the radar for everything he does in this community, has a vision and sees the vision through …

Dr. Teresa Purses – 2021 Gold Key Service Award Recipient

“Teresa has always been a lead educator in our community, very involved in our community and a major role in workforce development. One of the greatest things about Teresa is that she is so kind. Her kindness flows into all aspects of her life and for most of her career has been supporting issues very close to United Way. She …

Scott Hamilton – 2021 Gold Key Service Award Recipient

“Scott is the definition of what the Gold Key Service award is all about. Never have I seen a board member more involved in his community. He is a great role model,” says his nominator Steve Milano. “He is so involved with the youth. This year, Scott and his wife Edie, took on the kindergarten book drive. This was previously …

New Voices at the Table

Project Blueprint’s next session starts back up again April 8 and Lisa Cook, a program graduate and High School Principal at Summit Academy Schools, wanted to share with Stark and Carroll County the impact the program has had upon her life – to encourage others to join and learn. “The mission of the project itself is what was most attractive …

Project Blueprint Aims to Increase Diversity in Board Leadership

Nonprofit boards throughout Greater Stark County have historically lacked diversity. So in 2019, United Way of Greater Stark County launched a program that aims to change that. Project Blueprint is designed to recruit, train and connect diverse volunteer leaders to policy-making roles and enhance the effectiveness of nonprofit agencies throughout our community. “We feel like diverse representation is important because …

Isabel Lombardi – Inspired Youth 2020 Award Winner

 “Isabel has been a part of several service projects for the needy, including making blankets, creating snack bags and collecting donated toys. She also does service projects through St. Michael School and her Girl Scout troop,” says her nominator Bob Humphries, President Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre Associate Professor of Psychology at Walsh University. “Isabel’s latest project, Totes of Kindness, …