United Way in good position to continue trend

Another generation of leaders stepped into their roles with the United Way of Logan County at Thursday’s annual meeting.


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Members of the United Way of Logan County Youth Allocation Committee line up during Thursday’s annual meeting at Green Hills Community to receive T-shirts and certificates for serving. ABOVE: Retired Executive Director Jim Donnelly holds up the OSU watch he was given to recognize his service to the United Way of Logan County. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)

Coming off two years of renewed giving, President Josh Stolly, campaign chairs Joan and Mark Haushalter and Executive Director Heidi Reser are in positions to continue the momentum as the entity prepares for this year’s Power of United fundraising effort.

Mike Mullins, who moves from president to past president, expressed confidence in the new leadership and also praised the efforts of Jim Donnelly.

Mr. Donnelly retired in January after two years as executive director. He assumed the position after retiring from a 47-year-career with Nash Finch.

Mr. Mullins said Mr. Donnelly took over during a time when giving had fallen off due to economic concerns in the area.

“He stopped the decline in donations,” Mr. Mullins said while presenting Mr. Donnelly gifts of an old photo and an Ohio State University watch.

Mr. Donnelly was grateful to serve but said, “Retirement is even better the second time around.”

Locally, the United Way raised $677,860 and allocated more than $472,000 to local agencies and programs. Tara Wagner was the campaign chairwoman for 2013.

Joining Mr. Stolly and Mr. Mullins as officers are Tammy Gump as treasurer and Ron Zimmerly as vice president.

Tim O’Rielley is taking over as the allocations chairman replacing Nita Wilkinson.

Thursday’s meeting was at Green Hills Community in West Liberty.

2014 United Way of Logan County Allocations

Health Services

American Red Cross, $40,000; Caring Hearts of Ohio Hospice, $40,000; Consolidated Care Inc. $12,868; New Directions of CCI $11,467; Green Hills Daybreak Center, $20,000; Loving Hands Adult Day Program $25,000; Logan County Cancer Society $30,000; and Mary Rutan Medication Assistance Program $15,000.

Youth Guidance and Development

Boy Scouts — Tecumseh Council $6,750; Discovery Riders $14,800; Girl Scouts of Western Ohio $6,750; Logan Belle Hand/Positive Human Development $10,000; One on One Program $18,750; CFFC/Project Child $25,000; Warm Clothes For Kids $38,000; and Youth Allocations $5,800.

Community and Family Services

Catholic Charities $30,075; Catholic Charities/Helping Hand $28,000; Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA $15,000; Safe Haven $14,265; Habitat for Humanity $15,000; Hands On of Southwest Ohio/R.S.V.P. $3,750; International Friendship Center $9,750; Lutheran Community Services — Our Daily Bread $35,000; and United Service Organization $1,500.