Community Service Strata’s community service initiative focuses on causes that we are passionate about and causes that impact the Strata Family personally. We are so fortunate to have been supported by our community over the past 20+ years and we want to do our part to give back. Here is what we have been up to... June 2021 Now that it is finally summer, some Strata team members were able to get outside and participate in the 12th annual “2FGR Run for Down Syndrome,” benefitting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). DSACO’s mission is to support families, promote community, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with down syndrome. The event was once again “virtual” this year, allowing the Sheffield Village office to participate in the Dublin, OH-based 5K race in their own communities. Thanks to Strata for sponsoring the runners and for supporting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. May 2021 For Strata’s April community service initiative, we donated to the Blessing House “Be Part of the Heart” Campaign. Blessing House is a shelter located in Lorain that helps families who are in crisis by providing shelter for children and support for their families. There is a constant waiting list for the shelter, sometimes reaching up to 50 children.The “Be Part of the Heart” campaign is raising money to build a new facility that will expand the capacity by 3x, allowing Blessing House to help all children who need it. Strata is proud to support such an impactful organization and we are excited to see the positive effect this new facility will have on our community! April 2021 April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to help Americans get educated on their finances so as to avoid making costly mistakes. In preparation for this very important month (in our eyes at least), one of our advisors, Mitchell Romeo, partnered with Goodwill of Lorain County to host a 4-part Financial Literacy presentation series for the local community to attend throughout March. Mitchell presented a number of financial topics to help educate and prepare community members for tax season and beyond. These topics included:Budgets: Building a Budget for You, Your Family, or Your BusinessCredit: Understanding, Building, Obtaining, and Reviewing HistoryTax Season: Gather Your Documents, Understand Your Filing Options, and Review Keeping Adequate RecordsInvestments: Understanding Empoloyment Retirement Plans and Additional Personal Options18 people attended the classes including multiple Goodwill employees. A big THANK YOU goes out to Mitchell for volunteering his time and making a difference in our local community. March 2021 This past February marked the second anniversary of the passing of our dear friend, Rino Romeo. As a founding partner and co-owner of Strata Financial Group, he played an instrumental role in shaping the company that we are today. Throughout his career, Rino’s unmatched work ethic and calming demeanor helped so many of his clients reach their financial and retirement goals. His legacy will forever be a part of Strata Financial Group as we continue to grow and expand. Rino literally changed peoples’ lives and that is what we are striving to do every single day in his honor.Rino loved basketball, watching college football, traveling, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Amanda (nee Tromczynski); parents, Fred and Iolanda Romeo; brothers, Carlo (Beth) Romeo, of Avon, and Dr. Fred Romeo, of Columbus; sister-in-law, Maria (Tim) Yurick; nephew, Mitchell Romeo; nieces, Cecile Romeo, Kelly and Amber Yurick; and his beloved dogs, Gia and Renzo.In loving memory of Rino, Strata has made a donation to St. Peter Parish in Lorain to help with the repair and renovations of the vaulted ceiling in the sanctuary/nave. February 2021 Strata kicked off the new year by volunteering with the Lorain County Office on Aging (LCOOA) to deliver meals to local seniors in the community. The LCOOA delivers meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to local seniors in need, specifically those that lack reliable transportation. During the pandemic, this service has been especially important for older residents as it allows them to stay home and avoid contact with other people. There are a total of 133 senior citizens that receive meals on a weekly basis throughout Sheffield Lake, Sheffield Village, Avon, and Avon Lake. Employees and volunteers prepare the meals at the Joyce E. Hanks Community Center in Sheffield Lake, which serves as the “command center” for the meal deliveries. Kyle helped out on a Friday in January and delivered 23 meals to 10 seniors in Avon Lake. A big thank you to the LCOOA and all the volunteers that provide this vital service to the elderly in our community. January 2021 Anna Rosier is an 8th grader in Dublin, OH who throughout December collected items for her drive called “Our Hand to Homeless.” Anna began this drive 6 years ago when she was just 7! Over the years she has made lunches for the homeless and handed them out at the various shelters around Columbus. This year, due to COVID, she focused her efforts on collecting winter clothing and general hygiene items for women. With the support of numerous local donors she was able to collect 1,517 items this Christmas! Strata supported the drive by donating a $500 Amazon gift card to Out of Darkness, a Columbus, OH chapter of Atlanta Dream Center’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Department. The gift card will go towards helping and supporting victims of commercial sexual exploitation. We would like to recognize Anna for her selfless work during these holidays and for making a difference in so many lives. December 2020 A huge THANK YOU to everyone that donated and helped support our inaugural Strata Financial Group 401(K)anned Food Drive. We were blown away by everyone’s generosity. We raised 754 pounds of food as well as $200 in monetary donations. That equates to 1,628 meals provided to those in need in our local community. Thanks to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio for handling the logistics and making sure the food gets to where it needs to go. These donations will make such a meaningful impact during this time of need for so many. Thanks again, and we really set the bar high for next year! November 2020 For our October community service initiative, we decided to go with a Halloween theme. A few of the Strata team members went to the local American Red Cross center to donate blood. With COVID-19 cases surging and Hurricane Zeta (and other previous storms) hitting the U.S., blood donations are in extremely high demand right now. If you are interested in donating, please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ for more information. October 2020 The University Hospitals Rainbow Babies Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) hosted their first annual NICU Read-A-Thon last month. The event was in honor of their beloved former NICU unit manager, Ann Reitenbach, who passed away last year after a battle with cancer. It was Ann’s dream to create a reading program for the Rainbow Babies NICU.Strata was a proud donor for this book drive and helped make the innagural event a great success. In 10 days, a team of moms, dads, grandmas, nurses, doctors, and therapists recorded 663 reading sessions! Thanks to the UH NICU staff and all the donors who helped make this event possible. September 2020 Strata’s office manager, Emily Dohnenko, is the President of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for Park Place Early Learning Center, a 501(c) nonprofit daycare in Elyria, OH. Emily’s daughter, Livia, attends the daycare. The PAC put on a “Calendar Raffle” fundraiser for the month of August, which is a contest where people buy a calendar for a chance to win a prize every day of the month. Strata was a top 5 sponsor for the raffle, along with countless other local businesses who generously donated cash and prizes for the fundraising campaign which raised over $3,000! 100% of the proceeds will be used to purchase much needed classroom materials for the children as well as new outdoor playground equipment for the daycare. August 2020 Last month, Kyle, Mitch, Devan, and Lynnae (Devan’s mother / Ron’s sister) volunteered at the local food bank and helped weigh and sort items that were donated as part of a food drive put on by Hooks for Hunger. As is the theme of the summer, the Hooks for Hunger fishing tournament was canceled due to COVID-19, so they decided to hold a “Fill da Boat” food drive instead. Over 2,000 pounds of food was collected for the Community Resource Services (CRS) food bank which serves as the designated emergency food pantry for Avon and Avon Lake. It was Strata’s job to help CRS weigh and sort the items so they could be distributed to local families in need. July 2020 Our community service efforts have gotten off to a “fast” start so far – pun intended. Kyle, Mitch, Devan, and Emily participated in the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s 18th Annual Walk, Rock and Run. The mission of the Diversity Center is to eliminate bias, bigotry, and racism through a number of different community programs, events, and consulting services. Due to COVID-19, the event went “virtual” this year so the team ran the 5K together after work throughout Waterford Place. Although it may seem otherwise based on the picture, we did not win the race. Nevertheless it was for a great cause and we got some nice exercise and fresh air! June 2020 Last month one of our advisors, Kyle Hancharick, along with his wife (Lauren) and son (Will), participated in a virtual 5K benefitting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO). DSACO’s mission is to support families, promote community, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with down syndrome.Kyle has been involved with the Dublin, OH-based race since 2012 as one of his friends, Nick, has down syndrome. Kyle has been unable to participate since moving from Columbus to Cleveland a few years ago, but due to COVID-19, the event was changed to a “virtual” 5K this year, which allowed Kyle and Lauren to sign up and participate in their own neighborhood!