You can make a difference. Wayne County Family and Children First Council has a number of Committees that are always looking for good members! Whatever your strengths, we have places to serve.


Family Advisory Committee

Identifies additional community services and supports that may be needed for children, families and the community; Participates in strategic planning; helps the community secure grants. Recruit parents for Council and Council work groups. Please contact for more information.

Co-Chairs: Christine Nolletti and Cindy Hampton

Pre-Natal to Five

This committee works to improve Early Childhood Mental Health, Kindergarten Readiness, Childcare and other services provided to the families of young children.

** We need more parent participation. This is a good opportunity for you to learn about the resources available in Wayne County and get to know service providers. The committee meets every other month (uneven-- May, July, September, etc.) on the second Wednesday, 9:35 AM, Wayne County Public Library in Wooster. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact or Jim Foley.

Co-Chairs: Kristina Hoskins and Jim Foley

Planning Committee

Identifies target populations, maintains information on service availability, identifies service gaps, recommends outcome measures, assists with the development of the shared aligned plan and offers oversight and direction. Please contact for more information.

Chair: Loretta Raff

Parent Advocacy Connection

If you are a parent who has "survived" crisis with your children and are ready to help other parents, are willing to have a BCI and volunteer to help other parents along their journey, please contact Patti Finch to learn more, click here. To download a brochure, click here.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Wayne County United Way works to connect volunteers to area agencies and organizations that need help. Please click here if you're looking for an opportunity to make a difference right here in Wayne County.

Wayne Resiliency Network

The WRN understands the impact of trauma and embraces a culture of resiliency, and leverages this to help citizens thrive. We understand that a trauma-informed community offers accessible, individualized and evidence-based interventions, is available from and promoted by all stakeholders, and changes the course of this and future generations. Please contact for more information.

Chairs: Jacquelyn Kraps, Shellie Russell and Judy Wood

Communications Committee

Focuses on communication between and within member systems.  Develops procedures to ensure communication of Council mission and works in the community; involved in cross system communication and linkage; and provides support and leadership regarding opportunities for family representative involvement. Please contact for more information.

Chair: Nick Cascarelli

Food Insecurity

In Wayne County approximately 5,960 of our kids aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

This committee works with agencies and non-profit organizations that are seeking to help these kids-- our kids. If you would like to learn more about food insecurity in our own community, or are interested in volunteering to make an impact in this area. This might be the committee for you. Please contact Esther Hawkins.

Public Policy Committee

Meets to focus the core message and advocacy activities of Family and Children First Council so to have the greatest impact for the children and families of Wayne County. Please contact for more information.

Co-Chairs: Rich Owens and Judy Wood

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