This fall, the PSI Gives team fully embraced the meaning of the season by participating in multiple volunteer efforts to support central Ohio throughout the holidays. From Dancing with the Columbus Stars, to packing meals for families in need, the team made it a priority to give thanks, and give back.
About Byron Saunders Foundation
Leading up to Thanksgiving, PSI partnered with the Byron Saunders Foundation, a nonprofit fueled 100 percent by volunteer support. Founded by President & CEO Brian Wollenberg, the Foundation works to feed thousands of Ohio families during Thanksgiving. We spoke with Brian to learn more about the goals of the Foundation, and how PSI Gives has helped the organization to reach its goals this year.
“I started the Foundation because I always wanted to give back and it was in my heart,” said Brian. “I just never knew exactly what it was, until I met a lady named Marty Muncy that did Adopt A Family in Groveport. We became good friends and it was her idea to try Thanksgiving.”
Since its inception 25 years ago, backed by contributions from area businesses like PSI, the Foundation has been able to feed over 30,000 families. During the holiday months, the need for assistance to families tends to increase. For 2023 the Foundation’s goal was to reach over 5,000 families, following an impactful 2022 when the nonprofit supported 4,945 families.
Partnering with PSI Gives
It is with community support through volunteer time, food and monetary donations that the Foundation is able to positively impact a significant amount of families each year.
“We connected with Monica [Dominic, PSI Chief Client Officer] through the Dancing with the Columbus Stars Event, which is Byron Saunders Foundation’s main fundraising event,” said Brian.
Monica partnered with professional dance instructor Colton Hutton at the event, surpassing their competition with 22,781 total votes from the vast audiences. The event featured food, dancing, and fundraising opportunities to benefit the Byron Saunders Foundation.
“Through the help of community partners, I was able to raise almost $23,000,” said Monica.
Building Thanksgiving Meals for Families
Following Dancing with the Columbus Stars, the team came together to further support the Foundation by building boxes to feed families of four for Thanksgiving. These boxes also included a $20 Kroger gift card to go towards the purchase of a turkey. Brian explained that the partnership with PSI Gives assisted in more ways than one, such as added awareness, volunteering, and fundraising.
“We were able to build boxes to feed families using the money raised and bring this effort full circle. The PSI team fed over 200 families in a three hour volunteer time.”Monica Dominic, PSI Chief Client Officer
“When a business like PSI is volunteering it’s so supportive,” Brian said. “It supports us with our process and brings their team together, creating amazing results.”
During their coordinated volunteer time, PSI assisted with sorting of inventory and making meals. Individuals interested in contributing to the Byron Saunders Foundation outreach efforts are encouraged to connect with Brian Wallenberg to discuss opportunities. Current openings include board and committee member positions, amongst others.
“It’s also great to have a conversation and see how involved you may want to be,” said Brian. “We are always looking for volunteers.” For more information on how you can make a positive impact this holiday season and help families in need, visit www.thebyronsaundersfoundation.org.