Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM)
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150 Heatherdown Drive
Westerville, OH 43081
Mr. Scott Marier  
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CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Scott Marier
Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Steve Brown
Payne & Brown Insurance

Provide compassionate, short-term assistance; educational services; & spiritual support in order to encourage individuals to live a God-reliant, self-sufficient life while restoring dignity & hope.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • We served 5,885 families through our FEED Client Choice Food Pantry program. This represents 301,904 meals supporting 16,773 individuals and 6,709 children.

  • We expanded our Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club to ten locations and saw an average of 346 kids each day. We distributed 18,695 lunch and 21,294 weekend meals to children, and 88,000 pounds of produce to low-income families.

  • Our volunteers contributed more than 24,212 service hours helping people within our community.

  • Our WORK (Work Opportunities and Resource Keystones) jobs assistance program helped 54 clients find employment. In the past year, 47 clients who secured employment remain employed today.

  • We distributed a total of 301,904 meals to help alleviate hunger in our community. We provided 142 families with financial assistance to help with rent, utilities, food, fuel, auto repairs, uniforms, and education materials.


  • We will increase our pantry service capacity by 5% and employ best practices in program assessment and evaluation.

  • Our Kids Lunch Club expanded from eight to ten sites, served 48,751 meals, and distributed over 80,000 pounds of produce to children living with food insecurity.

  • We will increase job placements by 10%, pilot a middle-skill workforce pathway, and provide financial literacy coaching to 175 participants.

  • We will increase community engagement, expand our volunteer base by 30%, and increase service-learning opportunities by 30%. We will implement an automated volunteer tracking system.

  • We will increase our donor base by 7% and complete our Join the Journey capital campaign.

Background Statement

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) began in the early 1970s when volunteers from St. Paul's Catholic Church created a food pantry, originally known as Paul's Pantry. Families in need received food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. In the 1980s, ministers from other area churches decided to collaborate rather than have each church work individually. The Westerville Area Ministerial Association adopted this project, and WARM was born.

In 2001, WARM obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as a faith-based social service organization. Today, WARM serves the Westerville City School district, with a current population of approximately 90,000. WARM provides assistance to individuals residing within the school district who are living at 200% or below the federal poverty guidelines. In addition to providing food and limited financial assistance to families in need, WARM offers a number of programs designed to assist individuals on the road to economic recovery. Our services provide individuals with the necessary tools to promote family stability, improved self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. By providing "a hand up, not a hand out" through quality programs and services, we facilitate positive change while restoring dignity and hope to truly make a difference in the lives of each individual we serve.

Statement from Mr. Scott Marier, Executive Director

 Reflecting on the impact of our work, last year proved to be one of the most pivotal in WARM's history. We:

  • Served record numbers of people through our programs and services;
  • Accomplished the purchase and occupancy of a facility that will increase our capacity to serve the community;
  • Completed community stakeholder research to identify emerging needs and the best resources to address those needs;
  • Launched a capital campaign, Join the Journey, to raise $2.5 million; and,
  • With the help of volunteers and donors, successfully navigated major changes in improving our agency and operations.

All this and more has led to WARM's presence in the community as a growing, positive influence in eradicating the effects of poverty and hunger. When assessing the impact of WARM beyond the numbers, we can truly see God’s blessing and provision for our work.

Statement from Mr. Steve Brown , Payne & Brown Insurance

At the end of each year, and in preparation for a new one, I like to reflect on the impact of our community work and measure the results of our efforts. This keeps our efforts focused on realizing mission related results. 

We hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence as good stewards of your support and execution of transformational programs and services. We believe you, as our partners, have the same expectations and we value the trust you have placed in us.

All of us at WARM are excited about the progress made last year. Thank you for your partnership in making these results possible. Together, with all of you, our champions, we are well-positioned and poised for what faces us this year and beyond! Thanks again for joining us on the journey as we press on to make our community better.



Mr. Scott Marier, 
Term Start 1/2005 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Scott Marier joined the staff at WARM in January 2005. As executive director, Scott is responsible for overseeing all fiscal and administrative departments. He is also actively involved in business, communication, and government partnerships, and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships beneficial to the advancement of the organization's mission. Scott also represents WARM in the greater Westerville community, speaking publicly at local institutions such as Otterbein University. Scott has more than 35 years of experience in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Karan Stempko, 
Biographical Statement

Karan Stempko, manager of resource center and volunteer services, started as a WARM volunteer in 2005 before becoming coordinator of volunteer services in 2006. In her present position, Karan is responsible for overseeing daily pantry operations, building maintenance, human resources, and the recruitment and placement of volunteers. Karan has been a resident of the Westerville community for over 25 years. She volunteers with the emergency department at Mt. Carmel St. Ann's and as a track and field coach with the Westerville Special Olympics.

Ms. Deb Wallace, 
Biographical Statement

Deb Wallace began at WARM as a volunteer in 2004 after retiring from legal practice. She joined the WARM staff in 2011 as the project coordinator of the Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club. Today, as manager of programs and projects, she oversees the programs of WARM’s Resource Center. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Capital University Law School, Deb has two grown children and resides with her husband in Westerville. She is an Ohio State University Extension master gardener, a rotarian, and a handbell musician.

Ms. Cheryl Wooten, 
Biographical Statement

Cheryl Wooten joined WARM in July 2009. As the Director of Development and Communications, she oversees fundraising, marketing, and branding. She has over 35 years of experience in business, including 20 years in bank management. She has served numerous nonprofits as both a board chair and a strategic planner. Along with creative writing, she also enjoys public speaking, informing the community about issues surrounding poverty, and sharing the mission of WARM. Cheryl and her family reside in the Westerville community.

Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff: 12 
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 1587 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

HandsOn Central Ohio, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Franklin and Delaware Counties Departments of Job and Family Services, Lighthouse Counseling, Concord Counseling, Central Ohio Coalition Against Hunger, OhioHealth, Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital, Mission Columbus, 41 area churches, many local businesses, civic groups, and Westerville City Schools.

National Accreditations Charity Navigator
National Affiliations Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest) - Affiliate
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Steve Brown,
Board Chair Term 11/2015 -  11/2018  
Board Members
Mr. Jefferson Blackburn-Smith,  
Mr. Jeff Cholley,  
Ms. Julie Colley,  
Mr. Mike Heyeck,  
Mr. David Koo,  
Mr. Don LaFollette,  
Mr. Brent Rosenthal,  
Ms. Melissa Shaffer,  
Ms. Lynne Themelaras,  
Mr. Scott Marier , Ex-Officio
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually
Board Meeting Attendance 75% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 36%
Gender Female 27%
  Male 73%
Race African-American/Black 9%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 9%
  Caucasian 82%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.


WORK - Work Opportunities and Resource Keystones

WORK is a self-sufficiency program that 'helps people help themselves.' It includes one-on-one job coaching; individual goal and employment planning; and workshops for resume writing, job interviewing, and budget training.

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FEED Client Choice Food Pantry

WARM's FEED Client Choice Pantry provides a six-day supply of food for eligible families; clients receive three meals per family member twice a month. This results in 36 meals per person each month!

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Kids Lunch Club

The Westerville Area Kids Lunch Club provides nutritious meals and enrichment activities for eligible Westerville School District children during the summer months, when healthy food may is otherwise be available.

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Ohio Benefit Bank Site

The Ohio Benefit Bank is a web-based program designed to connect low-income families with federal, state, and local public assistance programs. WARM has trained volunteers available to assist community members by referring them to available resources and helping with tax return preparation.

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HOPE - Elderly and Disabled Clients

HOPE empowers elderly and disabled clients to maximize limited resources by providing assistance with budgets and personal goals, while meeting nutritional needs.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016
Projected Revenue $2,147,348
Projected Expense $2,147,348
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Start/End Dates 3/2014 - 6/2015
Campaign Goal $2,500,000

Our goal is to raise $2.5 million through a capital campaign over the next 18 months: $1.5 million for the building purchase and $1.3 million to support infrastructure, moving costs, campaign expenses, and sustainability.

Revenues by Source

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Direct Support $891,153  $1,147,389  $708,733 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals $691,934  $500,467  $485,874 
Direct Support Unspecified $199,219  $646,922  $222,859 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue
Interest and Dividends $6,037  $1,637  $738 
Membership Dues
Special Events $79,244  $47,649  $62,617 
In-kind $938,936  $859,660  $711,806 
released assets
released assets
released assets
Other $377,754  $76,883  $74,000 
TOTAL REVENUE $2,293,124  $2,133,218  $1,557,894 

Expense by Type

  2015   2014   2013  
Programs $1,625,063  $1,656,793  $1,301,177 
Administration $93,318  $119,425  $72,139 
Fundraising $295,179  $251,160  $198,473 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,013,560  $2,027,378  $1,571,789 

Assets and Liabilities

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Assets $2,678,979  $2,890,273  $858,804 
Current Assets $1,210,404  $1,586,784  $776,102 
Total Liabilities $713,844  $916,451  $32,643 
Current Liabilities $88,182  $132,550  $32,643 
NET ASSETS $1,965,135  $1,973,822  $826,161 


TCF Staff:
Mr. Scott Marier

The increase in revenue from FY13 to FY14 is attributed to our Join the Journey comprehensive capital campaign for purchase and capital improvements of our property at 150 Heatherdown Drive in Westerville, OH. The amount of revenue reflected in the FY14 figures represent giving to general operations and capital campaign gifts.

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