“For I was hungry, and you gave Me food…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did it for me.”
– MATTHEW 25:35,40
Choosing to give my time to this wonderful organization was a natural fit for me. I have been blessed in my life and want to share that blessing with families in need. It saddens me that there are so many families within my own community who are struggling to get food on the table, especially at Thanksgiving time. I feel like it is my duty to serve them as I am able. Plus, I want to teach my children about serving others through actions, instead of just words. I look forward to seeing our chapter grow this year and in the future.
Melinda is the Branch Manager and Residential Lender for Merchants National Bank. She has over 30 years in community banking which makes being involved with the Bryon Saunders Foundation a natural fit. She enjoys giving back to the community she serves and understands the needs in Union County.
She enjoys spending time with her three grown children, grandson and dog Boomer.
I’m excited to be starting the Union County branch of the Byron Saunders Foundation.
I’m a retired Air Force officer and am currently working for Big Brown, otherwise known as UPS. I got started volunteering at an early age, helping my mom deliver food to families with Meals on Wheels. Currently I’m Chairman and also volunteer with the Union County Personal Needs Pantry where we provide household goods/items to families in need. I look forward to volunteering for this wonderful organization.
Tara resides in Columbus with her husband, son, and 2 dogs. In her free time, Tara is active in the dog rescue community where she volunteers, fosters, and is the former Secretary for Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Given Tara is from a small town, she is well aware of the need in communities to work together to support one another and help those who are struggling. Growing up as a child of a single mother, she understands many families do not have the resources they need. Her favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving and as such, she wants to ensure that every family (and pup) has a warm Thanksgiving meal.
A native Ohioan, Karen fell in love with nonprofits when she started her first professional job at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County some 30+ years ago. Karen quickly develop a passion for charitable work and the resolve stuck with her through her years. Karen is currently working as a Business Development Manager with BMI Federal Credit Union and volunteers with the City of Dublin Police Department as a Community Service Officer. Karen and her family are happy spending their days keeping Ohio an amazing place to live, work and play.
“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life”. No one should ever be without life’s essentials. Providing a Thanksgiving meal to a family who is struggling fulfills not only a physical need, but also provides love and caring when they need it the most.
I choose to be part of the Byron Saunders foundation to involve myself and my family in giving back to the community. Through hope, joy, and love we can all make a difference.
I feel blessed to support this foundation because of its cause; helping families celebrate and enjoy festive meals on Thanksgiving. I know many families go by without Thanksgiving celebrations because of financial hardships or struggles. Being a mom, I have always taught my kids to be compassionate and be helpful to others. I believe that we all are capable of bringing a smile or happiness to families in need. It doesn’t have to be a big contribution, as long as we all do a little something, it could make a big impact on someone in need. Being a Real Estate Consultant, I feel fortunate to give back to my community. I am also looking forward to my kids learning the joy of giving back and volunteering in this foundation and experiencing the “feel-good feeling” of helping families make happy memories who would otherwise have no Thanksgiving celebration. The Byron Saunders Foundation is allowing me to do my part of making a positive change. I am looking forward to creating awareness and promoting, engaging volunteers for the foundation and its causes. I am positive that the Byron Saunders Union Chapter will grow and bless many families in need of meals on Thanksgiving.