The YMCA of Youngstown has named Richard Hahn its Volunteer of the Year for his outstanding contributions in support of the organization.
A member of the Y's board of trustees, Hahn was a founding member of the first YMCA Community Cup and continues to serve as master of ceremonies at the annual event's opening program each fall. He is founder and director of the annual Joe Donchess Memorial Win the Last One Win 'Em All Volleyball Tournament that has been held at the Central YMCA on New Year's Eve day for the last 28 years.
Born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., Hahn became a YMCA member shortly after moving to Youngstown at the age of seven. He says he values the strong personal relationships that the YMCA fosters citing those early experiences as the reason he remains closely involved.
"Growing up in a single-parent home, the mentoring and support I received from the Y staff at an early age made a significant impact on my life," Hahn remarks. "I felt I really belonged here, and I still do."
Believing that every child in the community deserves that experience, he is active in the Y's annual Strong Kids Campaign that provides financial assistance to children and families who could not otherwise afford a membership.
In addition to serving on the YMCA Board of Trustees and on both the Y's marketing and membership committees, his other community activities include membership on the boards of the Rotary Club of Youngstown and CityScape. He is also a member of the WYSU-FM Advisory Board, Junior League of Youngstown Community Advisory Board, Choffin Career Center Multimedia Program Advisory Board and the Valley Legacy Awards Committee.
Hahn is a graduate of Ursuline High School and earned a degree in music from YSU. He resides in Boardman with his wife, Carolyn.