About Us

Underneath everything we are,
underneath everything we do,
we are all people,
connected, interdependent, united,
and when we reach out a hand to one,
we influence the condition of all.
That’s what it means to

“Live United.”

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  • United Way of Richland County is a local organization led by local people; Members of the Board of Directors and Allocation members are volunteers.
  • United Way ensures that the funds you entrust to us are invested wisely in programs county wide. Our volunteer allocations teams review fundraising requests, conduct program site visits, evaluate program outcomes, and ensure community needs are being met. We monitor all dollars granted, year round, to ensure your dollars are impacting our community.
  • You can designate a gift to one or several of United Way’s partner agencies, specific community needs or any other verifiable 501(c)3 organization.
  • Our mission is to increase the capacity of Richland County citizens to care for one another by bringing together all elements of the community to plan, support, deliver and monitor quality human services.
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Dan VarnExecutive Director

Pam DrakeAFL-CIO Community Services Liaison

Michael RettigFinance Director

Katie Crall – Manager of Community Impact

Board of Directors

Debbi AdamsPresident
Mechanics Bank

Col. Mike Howard, USAF – President-Elect
179th Air Lift Wing, Retired

Mary BolinPast President

Jason PainleyTreasurer
Mechanics Bank

Scott HeimannMarketing Chair
Adena Corporation

Thad GribblePersonnel / Nominating Chair
Charles Rivers Laboratory

Chris BrownPolicy And Governance Chair
Law Department, City of Mansfield

Chelsie Thompson – Allocations Chair
Renaissance Theatre

Norm ShoemakerMid-Ohio AFL-CIO President
Crawford Richland AFL-CIO Labor Council

George Andress
Kleshinski, Morrison, and Morris

Scott Cooper
Richland Bank

Lisa Carmichael
Ontario Local Schools

Tim Dove
School Specialty

Sid Hall
S. W. Hall and Associates

Lori Holden-Sjostedt
Haring Realty

Alan Koser
OCSEA Chapter 7000

Joe Lyren
OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals

Beth Malaska
Richland Bank

Phil McClenathan
Mechanics Bank

Denise Mcvey

Jodi Scott
Richland Mall

Cindy Wood
The Ohio State University at Mansfield