Deb Laudick (Photo submitted)
Deb Laudick (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — United Way of Van Wert County Executive Director Vicki Smith announced Deb Laudick as this year’s campaign chair for 2019-20.

“Deb is going to be a great leader in this year’s campaign. She has always given her time, money and service to the Van Wert community. When I asked her if she would be the campaign chair she said what do I have to do? I told her what was involved and she said as long as I don’t have to get up in front of people and talk I am in. That is how it is with Deb she isn’t in it for her own recognition but in it to help others,” quoted Vicki Smith.

Deb developed her sense of giving back to the community while working at Laudick’s Jewelry. There was no request big or small that they did not try to help out with donations and/or time. Laudick’s was honored at the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce Salute to Small Businesses by being chosen in the Retail Excellence category which included established retail businesses that demonstrate sound business practices, excellence and a commitment to support community-oriented projects through the use of time and other resources. Laudick’s Jewelry receive this award in 2015 and Deb stated, “Van Wert and the surrounding communities have supported us for over 65 years and we feel it is an honor to give back to our community and customers.” Deb was also a member of Van Wert Service Club and also serves and volunteers at her church, Lifehouse.

Deb has been a member of the board for the past four years. She first joined the United Way Board of Trustees in 2016 and then the Executive Board in 2019. She has served on the Admissions & Review Committee as well as being a member of the Day of Caring, Fiesta Fun Friday, Rivals United, Campaign and Chip in for Change committees. Deb will now serve as the Campaign Chair.

“I am excited to be this year’s Campaign Chair. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Change for a Change,’ said Laudick. “We have a great group of people making donations now but I would like to see this grow with others donating their spare change. As you find it in your car, in your couch cushions, on the sidewalk or in the dryer, think if we put this all together how we can make a difference. Sometimes all it takes is a little ‘spare change’ to lead to major changes. There are so many organizations in Van Wert county that continue to support those in need and I would like to help them continue to make a change for the better. United Way is a wonderful place to donate your ‘change’ where they can help make the money go further and change lives.”

Deb retired from Laudick’s Jewelry and has five children - Ben and Katie (Van Wert), Kristy (Seattle), Nathan (Denver) and Cameron (Chicago) - and 11 grandchildren and six grand dogs.