June 26, 2009 (COLUMBUS) Staff members from the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which employees 70 individuals, put together a charitable campaign for the local Operation Feed program that results in the donation of the equivalent of 9,284 meals.
OSFC Human Resources Director Pamela Mortimer, who serves as the agency’s liaison to the state’s Combined Charitable Campaign committee, said that the final tally was 4,222 lbs. of canned and packaged food, along with a cash contribution of $2,531.08. On average, each agency employee donated the equivalent of 132 meals.
Mortimer called the contributions “Both phenomenal...and totally unexpected.” She noted that the agency’s goal established by the Combined Charitable Campaign was just 680 meals.
Agency staffers Keith Krzeminski, Amy Lloyd, and Rick Swart coordinated fundraising activities, which included a bake sale, chili cook-off, and “men vs. women” competition.
Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.
On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.