Tiffin-Seneca United Way director announces retirement

The executive director of the Tiffin-Seneca United Way announced her retirement this week, set for May, following the 2019-2020 campaign and annual meeting.

Pat DeMonte first became the executive director in 2000; prior to that she served as the executive director of the Seneca County Agency Transportation (SCAT).

“I never thought I would leave SCAT at the time,” DeMonte said. “It was what I loved to do and my passion.”

Coming to the United Way, DeMonte said it was the right fit because being involved with SCAT, she knew where and how the fundraising dollars were spent.

“I was able to be a part of raising funds for not only SCAT, but the other partnering agencies,” she said.

On retiring now, DeMonte said, “When you know it’s time, it’s time.”

“It is time to have new energy and ideas,” DeMonte said. “It is good to get a new perspective.”

Over the years DeMonte said there have been many accomplishments she is most proud of, including her work with the Seneca County Council of Homelessness and The Morrison House.

“The Morrison House has provided a necessary resource that Seneca County didn’t have,” DeMonte said.

DeMonte is also proud of being the founder of the Seneca County Young Professionals and helping establish the Financial Peace University, Read to Succeed program, Pay It Forward and the work done with First Call For Help, to name just a few.

There is a lot DeMonte said she will miss, including the connections and friendships she’s made.

“I’ll miss being in the thick of things and seeing first-hand the positive impact being made in the community,” DeMonte said.

DeMonte has been involved with the Ambassador’s Club of the Seneca County Regional Chamber of Commerce, a member of Kiwanis Club of Tiffin, a member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Seneca County Area Human Resource Association, Seneca County Health Alliance, Seneca County Community Council, Seneca County Opportunity Center Advocacy Council and the Tiffin City Literacy Task Force.

There are numerous other clubs and organizations DeMonte is involved with and plans to continue to be involved with.

DeMonte plans to spend more time with her husband Tim, children and grandchildren and traveling.

Moving forward, DeMonte said she hopes the continued collaboration within the community will keep moving forward.

“I have met so many amazing people over the years, from volunteers, interns, businesses and agencies and employees,” she said.

On describing DeMonte, United Way Board President Aaron Herbert said she is “compassionate and selfless.”

“Pat has always gone way beyond her duty and sometime even the abilities of our organization to provide the best care she can to those in need,” Herbert said. “She has given up countless personal hours to help those in need with little regard to her own needs. She is a true gem and will be greatly missed.”

The board has put together a search committee and will be taking applications for the position immediately.

Herbert said they are looking for a person with strong management skills, a passion for philanthropic work and understanding of the needs of the community.