Welcoming the team at JANWO’s first ever Meet, Greet & Graze

Mike Lagger; Mike Denman; Lou Ramirez; Bill Kidd. Photo by Vashti Coleman

Nearly 50 members of the JA community came out to MadAve’s Social Club Room Thursday, February 28 to enjoy a happy hour event to mix and mingle with the new JANWO team. We were completely overwhelmed with the turnout and the support that remains in the community for JA, our mission, and the students we serve.

Past and present board members, sponsors, and community partners gathered together for drinks (provided by MadAve) and sandwiches (catered by Sarnies) to put faces to names of the new team members, pictured below.

From left to right: Natalie Zerucha, Education Program Manager; Nancy Finke, Controller; Jim Pollock, President; Pam Hiemstra, Senior Education Manager; and Erin Czerniak, Director of Development. Photo by Vashti Coleman.

Speaking as the newest member (by only a few days), I was blown away by the kindness, enthusiasm, and eagerness to help of everyone in attendance. Our team, led by Jim, is eager to serve others, strengthen our relationships with students, and get to work. Our supporters, who all came out on a freezing cold night after work, demonstrated their willingness to show up, lend a hand when they can, and keep those relationships strong.

We are so grateful to Jerry and Nikki Brown at MadAve Group for donating the space and bar for the night. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out! Special thanks to Gareth Jones at Sarnies for rocking the catering and Vashti Coleman for photographing the event!

We are glad to have met everyone and are eager to get to know you all more! We feel so lucky to come on board with a great organization with an incredible amount of community support!!

Do you have a great story about working with Junior Achievement? I’d love to hear it! Please email me at erin.czerniak@ja.org or call/text at 503-490-1140.

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio Receives $177,000 in Grants from Toledo Community Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that The Boards of Trustees of three Toledo Community Foundation Funds have approved grants in the total amount of $177,000 to us here at JANWO! A huge THANK YOU to the following funds and their respective boards of trustees:

The R.A. Stranahan, Jr. Charitable Advised Fund, $100,000
The Stranahan Supporting Organization, $25,000
TCF Board of Trustees, JANWO Scholarship Fund, $52,000

We have endured a challenging 12 months with the passing of former President Jeff Bosch, who served our organization for 19+ years. We are doing everything we can to get back to where we were, and the support of the Toledo Community Foundation has been crucial in helping to stabilize our organization and prioritize the 15,000 students we serve.

This funding support, above all, has demonstrated the community investment in the education and empowerment of students to own their future success and be prepared to succeed in a global economy. We are excited to revamp our impact and outreach to connect more professionals in the area with K-12 students. We cannot do what we do without the support from our community, and we are overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of the Toledo Community Foundation.

Interested in learning how you can be part of our mission? Call us today to volunteer, get our program in your school, or start a partnership with your business! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. We love what we do, believe in our mission, and can’t wait to increase our impact!

For more information on the Toledo Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations, please visit www.toledocf.org or follow them on Facebook.

Thanks again, to TCF for the generosity and support of our mission, and most importantly, the investment in K-12 students in Northwestern Ohio!!

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