United Way of North Central Ohio is pleased to announce that Ohio Mutual Insurance Group has been awarded the UWNCO Red Feather Award for overwhelming service to the community through strategic philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy of service over self.
The award, announced by UWNCO Executive Director Amber Wertman at the 2023 Crawford County Business Forecast and Economic Development Breakfast on February 22, recognizes Ohio Mutual’s commitment to a corporate culture that includes continual and deliberate support of the local community.
In her remarks, Wertman noted, “Ohio Mutual knows that career and community go hand in hand. Their employees volunteer regularly in the community, packing meals, painting at parks, collecting food and toy donations, and more.”
Ohio Mutual has ongoing partnerships with many local community organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Bucyrus YMCA, YWCA Columbus, and United Way of North Central Ohio.
“Ohio Mutual Insurance Group shows great innovation each year in holding a workplace campaign benefiting United Way of North Central Ohio, offering incentives and recognition to encourage participation and educating associates about philanthropy and UWNCO’s Bold Goals for the community,” Wertman said. “They were also the first local employer to offer a fully virtual UWNCO workplace campaign.”
A red feather was used by United Way in the 1930s as a symbol of strength and vitality signifying good fortune and health and has been revived by United Way of North Central Ohio to represent an award given to exceptional local changemakers. The Red Feather Award is made periodically to an individual, organization, or business whose dedication to the community and commitment to establishing a legacy of change through collective community impact merits acclaim and advancement.
“The Red Feather Award is meant for cases where recognition is deserved on a larger platform,” said Wertman, “and it’s so fitting that our first Red Feather goes to Ohio Mutual. It would be very hard to find someone in Crawford County whose life hasn’t been touched by an organization, event, or project supported by Ohio Mutual.”