Day named honorary chair for NAMI walk, 5k

Day named honorary chair for NAMI walk, 5k

Kevin Day


NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties recently announced its 14th annual Walk and 5k for Wellness to be held Saturday, May 22 from 8-11 a.m.

Back by popular demand, the “YOU Choose!” version of this event allows participants to customize their walk or run experience. The volunteer committee is planning ways for participants to be part of raising awareness for mental-health services. Stay tuned to the NAMI website as plans develop including suggested walk/run routes, contests, incentives and prizes. Funds raised stay local and support people affected by a mental-health condition or suicide loss.

NAMI Wayne Holmes also will have the support of this year’s honorary chair, Kevin Day, president/CEO of Western Reserve Group. According to Day, volunteering and helping those in need have always been important to his family. His daughters, Emily and Ellen, have gone on numerous mission trips to Honduras, and he has served on the board of various nonprofit organizations. He is currently on the board of The Village Network.

Under Day’s direction, Western Reserve Group is active in supporting local charities, both financially and through volunteerism. In 2014 an outreach committee was created with a mission to improve the culture and work environment for WRG employees and enhance employee involvement in community projects.

To further increase the impact WRG has on the community, in 2016 Day implemented a Volunteer Time Off Policy, which enables employees to receive their regular pay while volunteering up to 16 hours a year with various nonprofit organizations during regular business hours. To date, WRG employees have volunteered a total of 2,894 hours to help improve the lives of others in the community.

With mental health and the stigma that surrounds it being such a prominent issue locally and around the country, WRG is supportive of NAMI through monetary contributions and contributions of time. Day and Western Reserve Group invite others to help in breaking down the stigma and supporting the work of this organization.

NAMI Wayne and Holmes Counties provides free services including mental-health education, support groups, the MOCA House Recovery Program and support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

To learn more about NAMI services or the Walk and 5k for Wellness, visit or call 330-264-1590.

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