Foundation announces 2020 Game Changers
Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our 2020 Game Changers: Dorothy Somerville and the Barberton Area Jaycees!
Dorothy Somerville is the executive director of Barberton Area Community Ministries (BACM), a local food pantry providing services to Barberton area residents. Dorothy has converted her job into a personal mission. During the COVID-19 outbreak in March, when other food pantries closed, Dorothy expanded BACM’s services. Dorothy’s supporters say she has a tireless work ethic and her compassion and care for those in need of BACM’s services is witnessed and appreciated by many. Dorothy said, “I am overwhelmed and so humbled by this honor. Being a nurse, I am just doing what comes naturally-helping those in need.” Barberton Community Foundation is proud to recognize Dorothy as a 2020 Game Changer.
The Barberton Area Jaycees were nominated for the many years they have supported Barberton’s families through their volunteer work. The Jaycees are a not-for-profit organization of young people seeking to improve their community. The selection committee felt that their 76-year history of service, including their Back to School program, pageants, scholarships, Thanksgiving food basket program, Project Santa, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Christmas lighting downtown has long been unrecognized. Don O’Brien, President of the Barberton Area Jaycees, said he really appreciated the award. “On behalf of the Jaycees, I would like to thank the committee and the Foundation for this award. It has always been the mission of the Jaycees to impact our community for the benefit of all.”
Congratulations Dorothy Somerville and Barberton Area Jaycees!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. 2020 looks a little different for the Game Changers and Barberton Community Foundation. Our Game Changers are normally recognized during the Annual Dinner in November. This year, as we adapt to the changes COVID-19 has brought to our community, stay tuned for an in-depth story on the Game Changers in the Herald, online, and in our next newsletter.