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Bank employees give back for “Neighbors Make the Difference Day”
Written by Paige Shermis | |

More than 200 Northwest Ohio KeyBank employees left their offices at noon May 22 and went to volunteer at locations such as Trinity Episcopal Church and Toledo Seagate Food Bank as part of KeyBank’s “Neighbors Make the Difference Day.”

This is the 23rd year of KeyBank’s program, which began in Alaska. Today, 8,000 employees, who amount to more than half of the bank’s workforce, volunteered countrywide, said James A. Hoffman, president of KeyBank’s Michigan/Northwest Ohio District.

“Some of the employees talked the to the nonprofits see if they had need and organized teams went to work. Some of the jobs are white collar, and some are blue collar. Employees have a wide variety of places they can choose,” said Hoffman, who volunteers at Mobile Meals each year.

This year, a third of the projects that the KeyBank employees volunteered at were “green,” and involved landscaping, building gardens and cleaning and remediating areas, Hoffman said.

“This is something that more and more our employees and customers are interested in,” he said.

Hoffman said that KeyBank clients are accepting and supportive of the banks’ shortened hours on “Neighbors Make the Difference Day.”

“One of the tricky things is that we end up closing our branches or short-staffing our branches [on the day] … but when [customers] hear that we are volunteering in the community, they are more than understanding. When we reach out the community and help the community be stronger, somehow the bank will benefit from that,” Hoffman said.

One of the locations that KeyBank employees volunteered at was the Ronald McDonald House by Toledo Hospital.

“[The KeyBank employees] went to all of the rooms and the guest rooms, moved furniture, took beds off of the bedframes, washed off all the bedframes, and in the kitchen, they took everything out of the cupboards and washed and organized them. Then, they baked so there were treats for the families,” said Rachel Williams, director of program services at Ronald McDonald House.

Williams said that the charity appreciates the intensive volunteer work.

“They were a great group. Volunteers are the key to us getting stuff done, as we are 100 percent donation funded, and are key to the operations of our house,” Williams said.

John Sherer, coordinator of Pantry Plus, a food bank in Fostoria that allows clients to choose what food items they want, agreed.

“We have a building in downtown Fostoria that we used to use to store the food for the needy. The second floor of the building had gathered junk over the years. … The place looks great compared to how it looked before [KeyBank employees] got there,” he said.

Hoffman said that the bank plans to partake in the program for years to come. He said that the KeyBank employees completed an estimated 30,000 volunteer hours, which is valued at $900,000.


Toledo group aids model farm in Haiti
Written by David Yonke Editor, | |

With help from a Toledo-area group, a young Haitian agricultural expert is starting a small model farm in his home country that he hopes will transform the land and the lives of his fellow Haitians.

“Some people say I’m crazy because the vision is big and they think I’m not going to get there. Yeah, I’m crazy, but I have a reason to show you why I’m crazy,” 28-year-old Frantz Dorcel Ady said.

In a meeting earlier this month at Toledo’s Seagate Foodbank, Ady said he has been offered well-paying jobs in Canada and the United States but is going back to Haiti because he feels it is something “God wants me to do.”

He returned to Les Cayes, Haiti, two weeks ago and is buying seedlings to get the model farm started.

“I have a relationship with God and I just want to follow his way. I don’t care what will happen in the future as long as I am going in the way he wants me to go,” Ady said.

He said he was orphaned at age 2 when his parents were murdered, and was raised by his grandmother and his aunt who sacrificed so that he could get an education.

He graduated from the American University of the Caribbean in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and earned a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Moncton in Canada in 2013.

He also received an internship with The Ohio State University at Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina.

Ady founded two organizations, Heart for a Better World and Planting for Hope and Future in Haiti, and his work caught the eye of Toledoan Kathy Radcliffe while she was on a mission trip to Haiti in 2008.

“I thought, ‘Whoa! Who is this guy?’ He’s amazing. Very humble,” she said. “He has a lot of ideas that, because he is Haitian, he knows what’s going to work and what isn’t going to work. And he knows it quickly. And his heart is for his people.”

Radcliffe was so impressed with Ady’s efforts in Haiti that she founded the nonprofit  group Harvesting 4 Haiti Foundation, based in Perrysburg. The charity raises funds to support the work of Ady’s Haitian projects.

Ady said it is “ridiculous” that so many Haitian farmers are unable to grow enough crops to even feed their families, and his goal is to help them become productive farmers.

“These people are working hard and they are creating things out of nothing to survive. And they are good workers. But because of lack of opportunity, they cannot be self-sustaining,” he said.

He is starting with a leased one-hectare plot, equal to 2.47 acres, with a stream running through it. One important part of the model farm will be to show people how to use water from the stream to irrigate the land.

Ady said most Haitian farmers have enough fertile land and water to be self-sustaining but they lack the technology and know-how to put the resources to use.

“It’s going to be about irrigation,” he said. “We are going to teach people how to farm, and not the old stuff that they’ve been doing. We want them to be more productive. We’re going to use the resources that are available at these communities. They just need help putting the pieces together.”

Among the crops he plans to grow are plantains, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, corn, watermelon, squash and lima beans.

“We have to find a way to move forward,” Ady said. “There will be challenges on the way, but I’m ready for them.”

Once the struggling Haitian farmers see the fruits of Ady’s efforts, and with some technological help to irrigate their land, he is convinced they will change their ways and adopt the new methods that will make their farms sustainable.

“We want to stay there forever,” Ady said. “The vision is not just for us. The vision is for generation to generation. God has given me the vision; I just need to pass it on.”

For more information, contact the Harvesting 4 Haiti Foundation, P.O. Box 887, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

David Yonke is the editor and community manager of Toledo Faith & Values (, a website that provides in-depth, nonsectarian news coverage of religion, faith and spirituality in the Toledo area.

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The Toledo Seagate Food Bank partners with local businesses for Project PJ to collect pajamas. The food bank is collecting PJ's and bedtime items for needy families in our area

The food bank and their partners want to make sure the families in our area have all the bedtime supplies they need; items like PJ's, toothbrushes, toothpaste, slippers and blankets. They are accepting most items new or slightly used for adults and children. You can drop off your items at any area Genoa Bank, Tim Hortons, The Village Idiot, Cold Stone Creamery, and Cedar Creek Church.

You can also drop things off at Seagate Food Bank at 526 High St. in Toledo.

The event runs through Saturday, February 18.


WNWO Share Your Holidays Food Drive with Seagate Food Bank (WNWO NBC 24)

NBC 24 partners with Seagate Foodbank to help feed the needy in our area

CFC2010 Toledo Seagate Foodbank

The 180th Fighter Wing of the National Guard helps prepare and pack senior boxes

Give hot Thanksgiving meals to Northwest Ohio families in need (WNWO NBC 24)

The Toledo Seagate Food Bank is hosting their 10th annual 'Stuff the Truck' event to put hot Thanksgiving meals on the table for local families. The event lasts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Churchill's Market in Maumee.

Wonderland raises $2K for Seagate Foodbank (FOX Toledo)

Christmas Eve the group that worked to save children's wonderland said the event has raised close to $2,000 for the Toledo Seagate Food Bank.

Urban Food Garden (WNWO NBC 24)

The Seagate Foodbank of Northwest Ohio is growing an urban garden. And is hoping to set an example for the neighborhoods inside Toledo. WNWO's Tom Kippen reports.

Johnson Fruit Farms Apple Donation

Johnson Fruit Farms donate apples to Toledo Seagate Foodbank.

Students organize 5K Race/Walk to benefit No Kid Hungry program

A 5K Race/Walk and 1K Kids Fun Run to benefit the No Kid Hungry® campaign will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Monclova Elementary School, 8085 Monclova Rd., in Monclova Township.

The event is organized by students in the Penta Career Center-Anthony Wayne Teaching Professions program.

Corporate aide on the rise in Toledo area Volunteerism grows, monetary gifts lag, charity officials say

As the economy slowly recovers, more businesses and their employees are increasing charitable contributions and volunteerism.

As unemployment, housing, and other facets of the economy slowly recover from their post-recession hangover, corporate charitable giving also is rebounding in fits and starts nearly three years after the last recession ended.

Owens readies campus food pantry for students in need of assistance

Gretchen S. Carroll, left, Owens’ dean of business, and Krista Kiessling, director of service learning, visit the food pantry at the Perrysburg Township campus. The college also has established a pantry on its Findlay campus. 

Its shelves stocked with staples such as peanut butter, cereal, and pasta, what is believed to be the region’s first food pantry for college students is to open in mid-February.

Food-donation drive offers free child care

The charitable idea came suddenly to Valerie Bower one day: Provide a few hours of free child care for families on Saturdays so parents can prepare for the holidays, and ask for donations of nonperishable food items in return.

The food-drive campaign at Toddlers Schools - of which Ms. Bower is vice president of administration - is catching on slowly. Some community members who do not need child care also have donated food, all of which will be given to the Toledo SeaGate Foodbank, Ms. Bower said.

Child care typically costs $5 to $9 an hour at Toddlers School, depending on a child's age. And parents do not have to have their children enrolled at Toddlers School, which has seven locations in Toledo, Oregon, and Rossford, for them to receive child care in exchange for donated food, Ms. Bower said.

Kaptur cultivates Victory Garden for donations to Toledo area food banks

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) took advantage of the annual spring plant sale at Toledo Botanical Garden yesterday to urge citizens to support a pet project of hers: the planting of Victory Gardens.

Miss Kaptur wants people to raise produce in their yards and donate what they don't eat to area food banks.


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