She watched her son leave for high school, flipped on the flat screen and then, Alecia McNair waited. Most days, her habit was to listen absent-mindedly to “CBS This Morning” as she prepared for another day as a 53-year-old single mother. But this past fall, it seemed that every time she turned on the news, there was another story about a man who had abused his power, a woman who had finally spoken up, and—this was the part that McNair could hardly believe—an apology.
At 50, Judith E. Barnes Lancaster decided to go back to school to become a lawyer. She had done “just about everything” in the health care field, and she knew she didn’t want to be a doctor.
Maria Heege isn’t eager to talk about her accomplishments. Heege, the president and CEO of United Way of Greater Stark County, is one of this year's Women’s Impact award recipients. She’s quick to point out that she doesn’t work alone. The community is full of amazing women.
The origin and the mission of Compassion Delivered is expressed concisely in a statement by one of its founders. “Our organization was formed because of recognizing a need in our community,” said Amanda Anschutz, who, with her husband, Daniel, founded in 2017 a nonprofit organization to reach out arms of assistance to those around the couple who are suffering. “We provide nutritional meals to people coping with life-threatening illnesses and diseases.”