New Area Agency on Aging Fund Will Be a Catalyst for Giving - Richland County Foundation

New Area Agency on Aging Fund Will Be a Catalyst for Giving

By Maura Teynor

August 23, 2022

 (Photo: Duana Patton, Pat and Jana Mulherin at the Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5.)

Jana and Pat Mulherin are providing a pathway for people to donate to the Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5. They awarded a grant from their Richland County Foundation donor-advised fund to the Area Agency on Aging to establish an agency-endowed fund.

“Our philanthropic philosophy is simple; it is about giving back. The endowment fund will be a way for people to donate to the Area Agency on Aging and it will make a difference in our community,” said Jana Mulherin.

“We give because we believe in the organization, its mission, and its employees. The fund is important so that other people in the community realize they can do this as well. Either set up a fund for a nonprofit or give to an existing fund at the Foundation,” said Mrs. Mulherin.

Pat Mulherin’s grandparents, John and Winnie Mulherin, relocated from Iowa to build their Dairy Queen in Mansfield at the corner of Glessner Avenue and Wood Street in 1948. Later, another DQ store was opened on Ashland Road by the family.

“The community embraced the Mulherin Family then and our family continues to embrace the community with nonprofit involvement. We feel a responsibility to give back,” said Pat Mulherin.

To incentivize donors and grow the fund, the Mulherins have offered a $10,000 matching grant through December 31, 2022.

Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5 CEO Duana Patton said the fund will be a catalyst for future gifts.

“This agency-endowed fund is such an honor. Jana and Pat are great advocates for our work. This honors Jana’s work on our board over the past seven years,” said Patton.

Patton wants to help the fund grow.

To donate to the Area Agency on Aging Ohio District 5 Fund go to and select the fund from the drop-down box or write a check payable to the Richland County Foundation and note the fund on the memo line.

About the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging:

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (AAA) is a nonprofit agency that serves Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties. It has programs for all ages and income levels; however, it specializes in services and programs for older adults and anyone with disabilities.

For 45 years, AAA has served North Central Ohio with the same goal in mind: to help older adults and individuals with disabilities live safely and independently in their homes for as long as possible. It manages programs that provide in-home help and can connect people to various community-based services, including transportation, nutrition programs, and safety monitoring. AAA also offers free workshops to those with diabetes and other chronic conditions and educational resources, respite, training, and support for caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren.

AAA advocates for older adults at the local, state, and national levels. It partners with organizations and agencies in its service area to provide options.

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