Taking time to show they care
Nationwide recognizes Volunteer of the Year Honorees
Nationwide employees invest countless hours of their personal time giving back to the community. They serve the homeless, mentor underprivileged youth, build homes for those less fortunate and share their talents to help nonprofits with causes they're passionate about.
Each year, Nationwide chooses one employee as the company's Volunteer of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year receives two days of paid time off and a $5,000 grant for their organization; honorees receive one day of paid time off and a $1,000 grant for their organization.
Meet this year's honorees:
Tim Cotter, LifeCare Alliance
Tim Cotter’s service as Board President with Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA) resulted in the successful merger of CODA and LifeCare Alliance in March 2017. Since then, Tim has ensured that LifeCare Alliance and CODA empower children with type 1 diabetes with the skills to manage their condition. At present, Tim serves on the LifeCare Alliance Risk Management and Strategic Planning committees.
Deana Croston, Akron Canton Regional Foodbank
Deana Croston’s six years of volunteering with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank has helped feed many families who are food insecure over the years throughout the 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people are in need.
Jennifer Dentino, Pet Prescription Team
Jennifer Dentino has a passion for giving back and has found a way to do this in her volunteer work with the nonprofit organization Pet Prescription Team. With three certified dogs of her own, for the past seven years Jennifer and fellow volunteers have been bringing certified therapy dogs to hospitals, assisted care facilities, hospice, rehab programs, and the Los Angeles County jails and juvenile correctional facilities. The organizations mission is “Healing hearts through pets.”
Art Hanthorn, Equitas Health
Art Hanthorn has been involved with Equitas Health since 1996. Art is an integral part of the events team and his ideas and unique involvement year after year helps with keeping the organizations events fresh and exciting. The 100+ hours he selflessly gives per year are not matched by any other volunteer.
Lacie Kern, A Kid Again
Lacie Kern’s is a dedicated volunteer with A Kid Again. In 2021, Lacie was asked to join their Women's Council and participate in fundraising events. Over the past year, Lacie has recruited friends and family to join her “Capes & Crowns” walk team to support A Kid Again, volunteered at multiple fundraising events, and spent an evening selling raffle tickets at a Columbus Blue Jackets game – outselling all other volunteers because of her excitement about raising money for A Kid Again.
Laura Owens, Lapeer County Mounted Search and Rescue
Laura Owens is dedicated to the work she does, and knows she makes a difference when it comes to assisting in locating missing persons, as a volunteer at Lapeer County Mounted Search and Rescue. Laura values her community and helping others, knowing she can make a difference.
Joyce Shott, Alvis
Joyce Schott’s list of services she performs for the Alvis organization spans eight different areas. When speaking of her connection to Alvis’ client population, Joyce shares, “She doesn’t want anyone to feel alone and that someone cares.” She understands the gravity of the challenges that clients face and wants to be there for them.
Chris Stollar, She Has A Name
Chris Stollar has volunteered for more than 10 years with She Has A Name, an anti-human trafficking organization based in Columbus, Ohio. He recently became the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at She Has A Name with a unanimous vote by his peers, after training, mentoring, and serving as an active board member for several years. Chris also works as the main moderator at She Has A Name’s Solicitor Education Program, which educates people arrested for soliciting and connects them to helpful resources.
Megan Wilson-Crumb, The Beacon
Megan Wilson-Crumb has been volunteering at The Beacon for three years and has put in 58 hours of volunteer time in the past year. Her primary role is to serve as the lead of the logistics and decoration planning committee for the organization's annual Cake Gala. The most recent Cake Gala was the most successful to date, bringing in a $60,000 profit which was exceptional considering the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.
Sarah Yetzer, Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center
Sarah Yetzer started volunteering with the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center after her own dog, Sadie, passed away in 2021. Her dog was a gift from her late husband, Eric, and Sarah wanted to turn her sorrow into something good by taking action and helping dogs find forever homes.