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Pasha used gifts, talents to serve Trumbull County

DEAR EDITOR:

United Way of Trumbull County is a great lifeline in our community, thanks to the incredible leadership of Ginny Pasha. Since 2013, she’s served as CEO and president, impacting the lives of 1 in 3 people in our community. Ginny is entering retirement — a glorious stage that she undoubtedly deserves. But we want to remind everyone about her incredible contributions.

Ginny worked in the nonprofit sector for most of her career. Before joining United Way of Trumbull County, she was president of Junior Achievement and Youth Employability Solutions, state development coordinator for Buckeye Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates and director of Community Impact for United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. She earned many awards and recognitions for her work, including a nomination for the 2022 Youngstown-Warren Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.

Upon joining United Way of Trumbull County, Ginny launched groundbreaking initiatives yielding impressive results, including Partnership for Financial Empowerment and Women United Diabetes Initiative. But perhaps her crowning achievement is Reading Great by 8, an initiative that is a continuum of programming designed to increase the number of Trumbull County children reading at grade level by third grade, with an emphasis on children from low-to-moderate-income families.

The initiative includes The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library; The Born Learning Trail; Read 4 Fun; ABC Reading Ready; and Ready, Set, Go! As a result, nearly 50,000 books have been provided to children participating in United Way of Trumbull County’s literacy programs. Ginny’s efforts are so successful that she presented “Reading is Great” at the Ohio United Way Midyear conference, giving attendees the knowledge and tools to implement reading initiatives in their respective communities.

During her tenure, Ginny was a servant leader and a vocal advocate for people in need. Her dedication to her work and vision for the community impacted Trumbull County and countless individual lives. As a result, about 250 uninsured seniors with diabetes received prescription assistance; 63,000 children and families received food, clothing and shelter; and 9,000 students received literacy support.

We thank Ginny for using her gifts and talents to serve our community. We wish her all the best.

LISA COURTICE

President

Ohio United Way Board of Director

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