“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.
After several years of working “traditional” jobs in the sales and marketing field, I decided to start my own business. I quickly fell in love with entrepreneurialism – especially as I realized the opportunities it would afford our family… the ability to give and live more! A mission trip to Africa gave me an even deeper perspective – and a stronger desire to help those here in our local community. In 2019, I cofounded Feed the Kids Columbus. Our organization has since provided supplemental meals to thousands of children, throughout central Ohio, during extended breaks. I look forward to continuing the mission to serve many many more!
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 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.