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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 25 years and we want to do our part to give back.  Here is what we have been up to...

January 2024

January 2024

January 31st was National Hot Chocolate Day!  To celebrate, Strata prepared ready-made hot chocolate mugs and delivered them to A Dementia Friendly LIFE’s Memory Café in Amherst, OH for everyone to enjoy.  Kyle had volunteered at LIFE’s Memory Café in North Ridgeville back in July and got to see firsthand the tremendous impact it had on the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers.  We figured National Hot Chocolate Day would be a great excuse to bring some warmth and joy to everyone at the Memory Café in Amherst on January 31st.  A huge shoutout to the LIFE organization and its volunteers and donors that provide these services for FREE to those affected by dementia in our communities.

December 2023

December 2023

For Strata’s December community service initiative, Strata made a donation to Out of Darkness, as part of the 9th annual “Our Hand to Homeless” campaign organized by Anna Rosier. Anna is a Junior in high school and lives in Dublin, OH. She was a third grader when she first started collecting items for the homeless. This year she collected 1,511 total hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and hygiene items – a new record!  These donations were provided to the following organizations:

• Out of Darkness – a battered women’s shelter

• Volunteers of America – supporting veterans

This is the fourth year in a row Strata has been able to contribute to “Our Hand to Homeless.” A huge THANK YOU goes out to Anna and her friends and family for all of their time and effort spent putting this together for such a worthy cause.

November 2023

November 2023

Thanks to everyone who supported our 4th Annual Strata Financial Group “401(K)anned Food Drive!”  Once again, the food drive benefited Goodwill of Lorain County’s Food Pantry, which is open to families in need every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at 145 Keep Ct. in Elyria, OH.  The final count for the food drive was 711 pounds of donations plus $300 in monetary donations!  Once again, THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated and helped make a difference to those in need in our community.


October 2023

October 2023

Strata hosted our first ever FREE Lorain County Community Document Shredding Event on Saturday October 28th, 2023.  The Lorain County Solid Waste Management District parked their document shredding truck in the parking lot of our Sheffield Village office from 9:00AM until noon.  Chris and Rex were there to operate the truck and assist people with shredding their documents, while Mitch and Kyle gave out pens and hung out near the breakfast table all morning.  Altogether, 22 people stopped by and we were able to shred 1,624 pounds of paper!  A huge thanks to the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District and Chris and Rex for making this event possible.  And thanks to everyone who came out!  We plan to do this again next year and already have a date set for Saturday, October 26th, 2024!

September 2023

September 2023

For Strata’s September community service initiative, we donated to Audrey’s Army, a fundraising team participating in the Alzheimer’s Association 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s held at Lorain County Community College on September 9th, 2023.

Audrey, the mother of a client here at Strata, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s about fourteen years ago.  The disease previously progressed very slowly, but over the last two years, things have changed quickly and the family made the very difficult decision to move her into a memory care facility last summer.  Audrey really enjoys the companionship and activities at the facility, and most importantly, she is receiving 24/7 care.

Audrey, along with her family and friends, are fighting to END ALZHEIMER’S.  They were able to raise $16,225 for the walk this year, surpassing their goal of $11,000.  Altogether, Audrey’s Army has helped raise more than $75,000 over the years to help bring awareness and funds to support Alzheimer's care, support, and research.  Audrey’s Army will continue marching until someone holds a white flower at a walk, representing the first cured person.


August 2023

August 2023

In August, Tony, Mitch, and Kyle, along with Kyle’s uncle (and satisfied Strata client), Darren Wyville, participated in the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation golf outing at Red Tail Golf Club in Avon, OH. Despite the purchase of many mulligans, our Strata Team did not make it onto the leaderboard, however, it was an enjoyable day and a great cause. The Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation was established on February 22, 2003, Karen’s 38th birthday and the date of her death, to honor her graceful and courageous five-year battle against breast cancer. Because Karen was concerned about the lack of funding for research and some families’ inability to endure the high cost of treatment, it was Karen’s wish, and therefore the mission, that a foundation be created to help families in financial crisis due to a breast cancer diagnosis. This golf outing has raised over $230,000 over its first 5 years. Thanks to all who helped make it happen this year!

July 2023

July 2023

For Strata’s July community service initiative, Kyle volunteered with A Dementia Friendly LIFE, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to “partner with anyone touched by dementia, and offer resources, education, and engaging activities which promote and improve quality of LIFE.”

LIFE stands for “Linking Individuals and Families through Education and Engagement.”  They do this through Memory Cafés held throughout the week at different churches.  Those living with dementia, along with their caregivers, can come and participate in crafts, music, exercise, games, and pet therapy, among many other engaging activities.  The caregivers even get some time to sit down together and talk / support each other.  Through the help of volunteers and donations by local healthcare facilities, these Memory Cafés are offered for FREE to those affected by dementia in our local communities.  Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for making these life-enriching programs available.

June 2023

June 2023

For Strata’s June community service initiative, Kyle and his parents, Jack and Cindy, volunteered as greeters for the “Race for Kids 2023,” a 5K race and 1-mile walk benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast OhioThe race took place on Saturday, June 24th at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Triston McKenzie, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians, was the race ambassador and spoke to all the participants and volunteers after the race.

This event is the largest fundraising event for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, which this year raised nearly $140,000. All proceeds will go towards helping to provide safe, fun places for kids, ages 6-18,
to go after school throughout Northeast Ohio. Boys & Girls Clubs are able to offer programming that focuses on healthy lifestyles, academic success, and character development.

Strata Financial Group is proud to support such an impactful and influential organization in our community.

May 2023

May 2023

For Strata’s May community service initiative, Shayla and her husband, Zander, volunteered for Walk MS®: Cleveland, which is an annual fundraising walk put on by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Shayla and Zander worked in the t-shirt distribution tent and handed out t-shirts to participants. There was a great turnout on a beautiful Saturday morning and a total of $231,955 in donations were raised for the event! These funds will fuel groundbreaking research that will get us closer to a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Thank you to Shayla and Zander for volunteering their time and to all the other volunteers, participants, and donors.

About 92% of Walk MS participants have a personal connection to MS, so not only is it a key fundraising event each year, but it’s an empowering experience for those living with MS.

If you would like to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization, please visit their website by clicking HERE.

April 2023

April 2023

For Strata’s April community service initiative, Mitch and Shayla volunteered for United Way of Greater Lorain County, by delivering books to “Little Free Libraries” across Lorain County.

The Lorain County Little Free Library program is part of a network of 150,000+ Little Free Libraries spanning the entire world. You have probably seen them around town – they are little houses with books in them that you can take and read. When you are finished reading, just return them to any Little Free Library for someone else to enjoy.

It was Mitch and Shayla’s job to check on all ten of United Way of Greater Lorain County’s Little Free Libraries and re-stock them, organize them, and report any damage to the structures.

Thanks to Mitch and Shayla for volunteering their time and to United Way of Greater Lorain County for making sure everyone in our community has access to books!

March 2023

March 2023

For Strata’s March community service initiative, Kyle volunteered with the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) as an attendant for a sensory-friendly presentation of “The Gruffalo” at Playhouse Square. “The Gruffalo” is part of the Children's Theater Series presented by University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. This special sensory-friendly matinee was reserved for guests on the autism spectrum and their families, as well as those with sensory challenges or developmental disabilities. What made this performance sensory-friendly?

  • Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Guests were free to talk, leave their seats and move freely during the performance
  • House lights in the theater were left on low throughout the performance
  • Designated calming areas were staffed by volunteer specialists in the theater lobby
  • Judgment-free environment, welcoming to all

This was a great event for children, families, and groups requiring a sensory-friendly environment, who otherwise would not have been able to attend a live performance like this. The best part for Kyle was seeing the pure joy and wonder on the kids’ faces.

February 2023

February 2023

In February, Eastview Elementary School in Avon Lake had a “Battle of the Grades” food drive where each grade was assigned certain items to bring in for the week.  The grade that brought in the most donations won a Pajama Day at school (congratulations to the kindergartners!).  Following the food drive, the donations were dropped off at Community Resource Services (CRS), which serves as the designated emergency food pantry for Avon and Avon Lake.

For Strata’s February community service initiative, Kyle and Shayla volunteered at CRS to help weigh and sort all of the donations from Eastview Elementary’s food drive.  A grand total of 991.60 pounds of food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products were donated!  As an added bonus, while Kyle and Shayla were sorting, another donation from Redwood Elementary School came in – another 120.05 pounds!  Thanks to all the students, parents, and staff at Eastview and Redwood elementary schools for the donations, and to CRS for providing this crucial service to those in need in our community.

January 2023

January 2023

Over 50 years ago, President Richard Nixon designated January as National Blood Donor Month.  It’s an important month for blood donations because seasonal demand is high in the winter and donations usually take a dip around the holidays due to inclement weather and sickness.  Currently, there is a national blood shortage.  According to Angel Montes, Donor Services Executive for the Red Cross Northwest Region, “Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.”  Mitch and Kyle answered the call and donated in January.  If you would like to donate, you can go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive to find a drive near you!

December 2022

December 2022

For Strata’s December community service initiative, Strata made a donation to Out of Darkness, as part of the 8th annual “Our Hand to Homeless” campaign organized by Anna Rosier.  Anna is a Sophomore in high school and lives in Dublin, OH.  She was a third grader when she first started collecting items for the homeless.  This year she collected 1,263 total hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and hygiene items. These donations were provided to the following organizations:

  • Out of Darkness – battered women’s shelter
  • Star House – homeless shelter for teens and young adults
  • Volunteers of America – supporting 70+ veterans

This is the third year in a row Strata has been able to contribute to “Our Hand to Homeless.”  A huge “thank you” goes out to Anna and her friends and family for all of their time and effort spent putting this together for such a worthy cause.

November 2022

November 2022

Our 3rd Annual Strata Financial Group “401(K)anned Food Drive,” benefitting Goodwill of Lorain County, ran from November 1st through November 15th and we were, once again, blown away by the generosity and support of our clients and community.  We were able to collect 776 lbs. of food!  Although we fell short of our 1,000-pound goal, we collected a record $300 in monetary donations, and Goodwill raised another $1,202.48 as part of their “round up at the register” campaign.  The donations were delivered to Goodwill just in time for their November “Good Will” food pantry distribution, which is open to families in need every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00AM to 12:00PM at 145 Keep Ct. in Elyria, OH.  The donations from the Strata food drive provided nearly 4,000 meals to over 440 people in our local community.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who donated and supported our food drive this year!

October 2022

October 2022

For our October community service initiative, Mitchell A. Romeo, CPWA®, CPFA, was invited to be a guest speaker at the Cleveland State University Beta Alpha Psi International Honor Organization for Financial Information Students and Professionals. This student-led organization consists of CSU students who are interested in pursuing a career in the finance industry.

Mitchell gave a similar presentation at Eastern Michigan University earlier this year for the Financial Management Association.  Mitchell really enjoys mentoring and providing professional guidance to students interested in the finance field.  A big thanks to Mitchell for taking the time to talk to the students and hopefully help them along their professional journey.

September 2022

September 2022

For our September community service initiative, Strata made a donation to the 8th Annual Dick Goddard APL Telethon hosted by Fox 8.  This year, the telethon ran from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM on September 15th and raised $170,951!  The donations will go towards Tremont-based Cleveland Animal Protective League’s mission of fostering compassion and ending animal suffering by providing shelter to homeless animals and animals that have been rescued from abuse or neglect. 

If you’re looking for a furry friend to adopt, feel free to stop by the Cleveland Animal Protective League located at 1729 Willey Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113.

You can find out everything you need to know about adopting here!

August 2022

August 2022

Our August community service initiative featured our second 5K race of the year, this time as participants rather than volunteers.  Kyle and Lauren, along with their kids, Will and Lucy, ran (and rolled) in the Fat Head’s Brewery 5K in North Olmsted, benefitting the North Olmsted Kiwanis Club.  Over 400 people participated in the race and enjoyed some delicious refreshments afterwards on the patio.

A little bit about the North Olmsted Kiwanis Club – they provide educational scholarships to high school students, sponsor boy scouts, assist elderly and disabled citizens with repairs, and provide funds and supplies to local food pantries, among other things in the community.

Unfortunately, other Strata team members were unable to make the race so Strata made an additional donation.

We are always looking for ways to help and give back to our community.  Let us know if we can help an organization or a cause that is near and dear to you!

July 2022

July 2022

We took a pause on our community service for July as we celebrated our 2nd annual Strata Family Day!  Good times were had by all as we enjoyed some delicious food on the banks of Lake Erie at Huntington Reserve in Bay Village.  The only footage captured from the event was a video of the water balloon toss competition (blurry screenshot pictured below).  Kyle and Lauren Hancharick won the first round and Nate Harmych and Ava Kalonik won round two.  It was great to get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with our extended Strata Family.

June 2022

June 2022

For Strata’s June community service initiative, Kyle and Mitch volunteered as route marshals for the “Race for Kids,” a 5K race and 1-mile walk benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio.  The race took place on Saturday, June 25th at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Triston McKenzie, starting pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians, was the race ambassador and spoke to all the participants and volunteers after the race.  All proceeds will go towards helping to provide safe, fun places for kids, ages 6-18, to go after school throughout Northeast Ohio.

Boys & Girls Clubs are able to offer programming that focuses on healthy lifestyles, academic success, and character development.  The CEO of the Northeast Ohio division, Jeff Scott, announced at the race that they are planning to open eight new clubs across the region this summer, including sites in Euclid, Lorain, and Elyria.  This is the first phase of a strategic plan to double the number of kids served by 2025.

Strata Financial Group is proud to support such an impactful and influential organization in our community.

May 2022

May 2022

For our May community service initiative, Strata Financial Group was a Gold Sponsor for the Butch Wagner Memorial Golf Outing at Mills Creek Golf Course in Sandusky, OH.  Strata’s own Ron Jurczynski and Nate Harmych teamed up with Chris Harmych and Brent Baumgartner to shoot 10 under par for the scramble.

For 64 years, Charles “Butch” Wagner was a devoted sports writer and editor at the Sandusky Register.  During his time there he passionately highlighted thousands of local student-athletes and their accomplishments on and off the field.  His name is synonymous with sports in the Sandusky area.  A scholarship fund has been established in his memory to continue supporting local student-athletes and their endeavors.

Strata was honored to be a part of the memorial golf outing and to support the Butch Wagner scholarship fund.

April 2022

April 2022

The unprovoked war in Ukraine has caused so many innocent lives to be lost and families to be broken.  To do our small part, Strata made a donation to Save the Children for our April community service initiative.  Save the Children is a worldwide organization that works “to ensure children have healthcare, food and shelter, as well as learning and child protection services when children need it most.”  Currently, their focus is, of course, on Ukraine – working to support children and their families in the country, as well as those that have been displaced by the war.  We hope and pray for a quick and peaceful resolution to this awful tragedy happening overseas.

March 2022

March 2022

April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to help Americans get educated on their finances.  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 2-part Financial Literacy presentation series for the local community to attend throughout March.  Based on feedback from last year’s presentations, the focus this year was on taxes.

In his first presentation, Mitchell went over all the tax basics, including federal tax brackets, deductions, filing status, contribution limits, gathering tax documents, and different ways to file your taxes.

In his second presentation, Mitchell actually went through a full hypothetical tax return filing using TurboTax.  He was able to help out a lot of individuals who had questions about their own returns.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Mitchell for volunteering his time and making a difference in our local community.

February 2022

February 2022

Over the past couple months, Kyle has been volunteering at the May Dugan Center in Cleveland.  The Center is a lifeline for 6,500 individuals and families who rely on a multitude of services to improve their lives and communities.  Services include food and clothing distributions, educational resources, behavioral health resources, support programs for teenage mothers, trauma recovery services, and social programs for senior citizens.  Kyle has been helping with the food distribution program by preparing food pantry bags for needy individuals and families in the Cleveland area.  Bags include canned vegetables and fruit, milk, cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, rice, spaghetti, and a few other miscellaneous items.  Distributions are handed out (via drive-through) and delivered to over 800 families, twice a month, and this is only one of the many services the May Dugan Center provides.  They are always looking for volunteers so feel free to visit their website to see if there are any opportunities that might sound interesting to you!

January 2022

January 2022

For our first community service initiative of 2022, our very own Mitchell A. Romeo, CPWA®, CPFA, was invited to be a guest speaker at the Eastern Michigan University Financial Management Association.  This student-led organization consists of EMU students who are interested in pursuing a career in the financial services industry.  Mitchell started off his presentation by going through all the different fields and opportunities in finance.  Then he gradually narrowed it down to talking specifically about Strata Financial Group and the work that we do helping individuals, families, and companies with wealth management and financial planning.  The most rewarding part, according to Mitchell, came at the end of the presentation during the “Question and Answer” session.  He was able to answer a myriad of questions from eager and enthusiastic students – questions ranging from what general skills and requirements are needed for certain jobs to personal experiences that Mitchell has gone through over the years.  A big thanks to Mitchell for taking the time to talk to the students and hopefully help them along their professional journey.