John Shaben

John Shaben

LOGAN — John Shaben, native of Logan and 2013 graduate of Logan High School, has been hired as the new executive director of United Way of Hocking County. He is the son of Jeff and Tasha Mohler Shaben of Logan, and great-grandson, of longtime local physician, Dr. John Rauch.

Shaben has served as a board member for United Way of Hocking County for the past two years and looks forward to assuming the role as executive director.

“I am very excited and grateful to be given this opportunity — one that is so impactful on the lives of our local residents. Becoming executive director of United Way of Hocking County allows me to work alongside of numerous influential community leaders and volunteers, all who are passionate about making Hocking County a better place to live and work. I hope to serve as an inspiration to others, especially in my age group and for generations to come,” Shaben commented.

“For the past few years I have learned that our local United Way organization focus has been fighting hunger by working with community food pantries and various organizations that provide food boxes and nutritious meals for local children, families and individuals facing hardship.

“This will remain our focus throughout 2019 but starting in 2020, we will begin a community assessment and measure the impact our partner agencies have in the community, to then decide if we will continue focusing on fighting hunger as a top priority, or shift some focus towards other areas needing our help as well,” he explained.

Shaben noted that historically, United Way has an annual fundraising campaign that traditionally starts in October of each year.

“However, with nationwide decline in fundraising dollars through the rise of technology and the ability to give directly to organizations in an instant, I will be addressing the benefits of switching to a year-round fundraising model with the board of trustees, so that we can continue to provide resources to our partner agencies who need them,” Shaben added.

He said that he wants what is best for the community and wishes challenges didn’t exist in our everyday lives but that is why the United Way organization is here — to provide resources, guidance and to lend a helping hand.

“So that we as a community can fight united for the well-being of all,” he added.

Shaben brings a background of working with members of the community by being employed with the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce, Nationwide Insurance and most recently with Farmer’s Insurance. He plans to further develop existing relationships, build new ones, as well as revamping United Way’s traditional fundraising model through his sales and communication skills.

He concluded by stating that he believes by serving on the United Way Board of Trustees for nearly one term, has provided him with knowledge and familiarity about the organization that will help to make a smooth transition as he takes over the role as executive director.

For additional information about United Way, feel free to contact Shaben by calling 740-385-1389 or sending him an email at john@unitedwayofhocking.com.

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