Regarding United Way
Posted on April 18th, 2019
Close to 500 people, including Aim’s Vice President of Human Resource, Patty Durkin, filled the Lake Club’s banquet room in Poland, OH, for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s annual event that reflects on the prior year’s successes while setting goals for the year ahead. This year is particularly special as it marks 100 years of the organization making a difference in Youngstown, OH, and surrounding areas.
Aim, headquartered in the Mahoning Valley, is a corporate sponsor of and has been partnering with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley for more than 20 years. This decades-long collaboration has seen Aim contributing time, resources and money to numerous community-enriching campaigns, such as participating in the Day of Caring, mentoring in the Success After 6 program, raising money during an annual employee-led fundraiser and more.
To help ring in the United Way’s centennial year in the area, the U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, Mary Sellers, was on hand to give the evening’s keynote address.
“It’s a big a deal when any organization hits a hundred years,” Sellers said, “but when you’re a venerable organization like United Way, who’s served this community for those one-hundred years, it’s really remarkable.”
Last year’s campaign raised $3,065,532, which is the third year in a row the nonprofit earned more than $3 million. Given this accomplishment, and the excitement of the 100-year anniversary, Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, set an ambitious goal of $3.5 million for 2019.
United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley President Bob Hannon celebrates the organization’s past, present and future as he addresses attendees at the Lake Club in Poland, OH.
“The United Way is truly an incredible organization, impacting more than 200,000 people in our community annually,” said Durkin. “I know every individual at Aim is proud of the work the United Way is doing for the area and is equally proud to be a part of their efforts.”
To reach this year’s objectives, including Mr. Hannon’s bold $3.5 million goal, United Way will need all the volunteers it can get. Aim employees can watch for communications about participating in various events throughout 2019. However, if you would like to get involved on an individual level, head over to www.ymvunitedway.org/get-involved to see what you can do to make a difference. Non-local residents can visit www.unitedway.org to find volunteering opportunities near them.
Posted on December 27th, 2017
This year, Aim set out, as part of its annual Christmas project, to provide a joyful Christmas morning to seven local children by teaming with the United Way and Making Kids Count.
And thanks to generous contributions from the Aim family, we did just that.
The Aim staff gave more than $700 in combined monetary donations and gift contributions, covering all seven kids and then some. One employee’s daughter went above and beyond by organizing her own toy drive that pushed Aim over its goal for its adopted family from Making Kids Count, which included three of the seven kids. Employees also purchased a microwave and two sets of pots and pans that were on the parents’ wish list.
The items for the Making Kids Count family were delivered on December 19—wrapped and ready for Santa to place under the tree. The mom cited it as a “Christmas Miracle” for her family.
Aim is a corporate sponsor of the United Way of Mahoning Valley and has partnered with the organization for more than 20 years. This decades-long partnership includes participation in the Day of Caring every September, serving as mentors in the Success After 6 program and more. An upcoming event called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) will see Aim employees helping low-income families and the elderly file their 2017 income taxes.
Making Kids Count is a non-profit organization located in Youngstown, Ohio. Driven by the desire to reach out to individuals on a personal basis, Making Kids Count has established several programs to aid not just those living in poverty but all children and their families who may need a helping hand.
Posted on January 31st, 2017
Members of Aim’s United Way team Brigitte Medovich, Patty Durkin, Anna Ulmer, Mary Zigarevich, and Kim Slater participated in the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley’s “Night of Motown”. The event took place on November 11th at the B&O. It was presented by Women United! to raise money for United Way’s Success After 6 program which is in two Youngstown elementary schools providing wrap-around services to children and their families facing extreme barriers.
Entertainment was provided by Howard and the Point Five Band with food provided by Inspired Catering by Kravitz. Some of the children from the school performed their I Promise pledge. Women United raised more than $3400 from the event with Komara Jewelers donating a beautiful necklace and earrings set. Great job United Way!
Left to Right: Brigitte Medovich, Patty Durkin, Anna Ulmer, Rick Durkin, Mary Zigarevich, Kim Slater
Posted on September 14th, 2016
Aim Leasing has long been a supporter of the United Way and was very proud to be represented at the Mahoning Valley’s 19 th Annual Day of Caring on September 2, 2016.
For the past few years, the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley has joined with the city of Youngstown, Green Youngstown, American Red Cross and Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. to focus on cleaning community neighborhoods. This year their efforts went into cleaning up homes in the South Side neighborhoods, cutting overgrowth, dragging trash and debris, clearing sidewalks and picking up litter.
Kim Slater, Aim Integrated Logistics Billing and Payroll Manager, participated in the Day of Caring and said, “It feels good to be able to represent my employer while participating in the United Way organization. I think it’s great for other people and businesses in the community to see that Aim NationaLease has employees that care and are willing to help out.” When questioned about what she likes about the United Way she went on to say: “I like United Way because they are giving back and making a difference to things in the community I live in. My money isn’t going to some city I don’t know. I also like that I can choose where my contribution goes if I have a specific request in the community.”
Click here to read more about the United Way’s 2016 Day of Caring.