John CourtVolunteer Spotlight
John Court’s commitment to United Way began a little over 10 years ago and has continued while volunteering in a wide variety of roles. As an Employee Benefit Advisor for ONI Risk Partners, John has worked in the employee benefits field for roughly 20 years. He enjoys college football, playing golf, fly fishing, and reading. Always busy, John and his wife Jennifer enjoy spending quality time together as a family and watching their two teenage daughters participate in year-round sports at Bishop Dwenger High School. John has been serving as the Chair of United Way of Allen County’s Community Impact Committee for the last 2 years. Additionally, he has served on our Board of Directors over the past 3 years and joined our Executive Committee in the last year. Through his involvement with the Community Impact Committee, John has been given incredible insight to United Way of Allen County’s partner agencies and the work they are committed to each and every day.
With 2020 introducing unprecedented times, United Way of Allen County established the Emergency Relief Fund, raising $3.15 Million so far through the generous support of donors to assist community members that need it the most during this uncertain time. Since its introduction, John has served as a member of the Emergency Relief Fund Advisory Committee, which oversees the allocation of funds raised for COVID-19 Relief efforts in our community.
When asked about why United Way of Allen County is personally important, John said that his experiences as a volunteer have given him an opportunity, along with other like-minded individuals, to make a difference and create a meaningful impact in our community. This could not be achieved without United Way’s partnership with area non-profits, which creates a tremendous amount of pride for John as an active part of the work being done locally. United Way of Allen County’s focus on families, neighbors, and the overall community is driven by its desire to reach the 1 in 5 households who are working hard but struggling to survive. Meaningful impacts in this effort can be seen in our local school environments, neighborhoods, non-profits, businesses, and community health.
John is passionate about volunteerism and the effects that it has on our local community. He is vocal about his desire for people to truly know the significance of donating time, talent, and treasure to United Way and its services provided to the community. This kind of volunteerism allows individuals to immerse themselves in the community that is Allen County – not only do volunteers enrich their community, but they are also able to broaden their perspectives of the world we live in, engaging with others who want to make a difference. The opportunity to grow your community while growing as an individual is undeniable. Volunteerism is beneficial to the individual volunteering, United Way of Allen County, and our community, ultimately allowing us to truly see how great a community we live in!
John’s wish for the community is that people would be reminded that we all have a lot more in common than what divides us. It is his hope that people could focus on their commonalities first and then apply their shared understanding to areas and issues of disagreement. John believes that we can find a new appreciation for everyone by listening first, in order to empathize with one another and work toward a common cause, celebrating progress and success along the way.
John would encourage the entire community to examine how they could be involved with the United Way of Allen County. It is an extremely exciting time to be involved! Under the direction of a new dynamic CEO, Mathew Purkey, United Way’s phenomenal, passionate, and knowledgeable staff continues to make a significant impact on the community. Don’t wait – take a look at how you, your company, or your family can participate in the progress of our community by partnering with United Way of Allen County.
Thank you, John, for your part in fostering a culture of volunteerism in Allen County and your commitment to United Way’s mission.
GIVE | Invest in individuals that are working hard but struggling to survive in Allen County.
ADVOCATE | Use your voice for those who cannot. Break down barriers for your neighbors.
VOLUNTEER | Respond and give back by volunteering in your community.