In addition to their work at Barnes Dennig, many of our professionals go beyond the numbers and volunteer their time serving causes throughout the community.  Most recently, Senior Tax Manager Paula Hume and Director Chad Martin have joined the boards and finance committees of two local organizations that are making a big difference for those who need it most.

Joining Crayons to Computers to Help Students Succeed in the Classroom

Non-Profit team member Paula Hume is now a Board and Finance Committee member for Crayons to Computers, a Cincinnati non-profit that operates a free store for teachers from 514 greater Cincinnati area schools in 16 counties (in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana), offering new and gently used school supplies, educational tools, and incentive items.

According to Paula, she joined the Crayons to Computers mission because of its impact on children and their education.  “I believe the success to anyone’s life is in education.  If children don’t have the necessary supplies at school to learn, then they do not get to experience education like other children have that do have those supplies!  The first day of school should be a fun and exciting experience.  Approximately 25% of their services are provided to Northern Kentucky students and teachers.  As a lifelong Northern Kentucky resident, I can help work with schools and teachers to make sure all kids have what they need to succeed in school in my community as well as the region.”

Serving Tender Mercies Board to Serve the Homeless

021914 BarnesDennigKY - Photograph © Bruce CrippenAfter working on several committees of various agencies over the years, Barnes Dennig Director Chad Martin decided it was time to make a commitment to an organization at the board level.  “I searched for an organization that makes a tangible difference in the lives of the community,” he explained. “A friend suggested I look at Tender Mercies in OTR.”

Tender Mercies embraces the homeless with mental illness by providing housing through 6 facilities and resource coordination by providing linkage to governmental assistance and vocational services.  The staff provide security, dignity and community in a place the residents call home.


“Through meetings with board members, management and talking with residents about their wonderful experiences with the organization, I knew Tender Mercies was the place for me.”

How Can You Get Involved?

Non-profits provide many invaluable services to our community, but without financial support of donors and the work of volunteers their missions would not come to fruition.  To get involved or find out more about either of these organizations, contact Crayons to Computers or Tender Mercies today.