Ron Buckley began giving his time to The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky after he graduated from the Leadership Northern Kentucky class of 1996. The class introduced Buckley to a number of community organizations. When a board position opened up at The Children’s Home in 1997, he signed up. Over the years, Buckley has served in various capacities for The Children’s Home. In April, he was elected to a two-year term as president of the board. “It’s all about giving to the community,” he says.
In addition, Buckley gives his time and donations to local Special Olympics efforts and helps build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
In 2003, Bill Burwinkel began the Adopt A Class Foundation, a nonprofit mentoring program that brings together businesses and urban school children to provide positive role models for local youth. Right now, more than 100 area organizations, which include churches, high schools and businesses, are paired with 7,000 urban children from 13 local schools. 85 percent of those children live at or below poverty level.
“You won’t know what the satisfaction is until you come with me and walk into a classroom and see how excited these kids are that someone from outside the world they live in has come by to say hello,” Burwinkel says.
Ron Christian serves as vice president of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy, which is dedicated to providing free medication and professional pharmaceutical care to people in need in Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties. The pharmacy has distributed more than 20,000 free prescriptions worth more than $1.8 million since it opened in September 2006.
Christian’s other volunteer work includes serving as an advisory board member of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and as secretary of the Cincinnati Zoo Foundation.
“I believe we have an obligation, whether out of faith or social obligation, to help others,” he says.
Jim Cutter has always liked working with kids. He coaches and sponsors youth sports teams, is on the board of directors for the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, and has given the past eight years of his life to the Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home, a home for neglected or dependent young men in Northern Kentucky. When members of the Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home Foundation board approached Cutter last year to serve three years as foundation board president, Cutter accepted the post.
“I do a lot for kids,” Cutter says. “Working with troubled teens from broken families was a good fit for what I like to do.”
Debbie Dent serves the community because of her desire to do more than write a check. “I believe if I live it, and then someone sees me living it, maybe they’ll live it, too,” she says. To that end, Dent pioneered community blood drives in the area, hosting an Over-the-Rhine drive in her company’s parking lot a few years ago and then giving permission to the Hoxworth Blood Center to expand the concept to other communities.
Dent also serves as the marketing chair for Cincinnati’s Collaborative to Prevent Childhood Obesity and volunteers for numerous area organizations, including Speaking of Women’s Health, Junior Achievement and Cincinnati Public Schools.
Mark Silbersack believes that anyone who has the time and talent to give back to the community should do so. “I want to help the organizations I’m involved with to do good work for the community and be successful,” he says.
Silbersack has volunteered with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati for 35 years, with about seven or eight of those years spent serving on the board. For the past 10 years, Silbersack was the head of United Way’s regional public policy committee.
Silbersack also serves on the board of Children Inc., and on the executive committee of The Cincinnatus Association. He served on the Williams Branch YMCA board for 10 years.