MANSFIELD -- Spherion and the Mid-Ohio 13er donated $17,000 across three local organizations on Friday morning during a ceremony at Idea Works in downtown Mansfield. 

Tim Hilterman, founder and director of the summer half-marathon, noted his pride in being part of the Mansfield-area.

"I think Spherion and the 13er really represent our community and what's going on," Hilterman said. "We care about each other. We see something that we just can't ignore."

The Richland B&O Bike Trail received $1,000, the Star Fish Project was given $5,000 and the Richland County Foundation received $11,000.

Mike Solon, Richland B&O Bike Trail Manager said the donation was a great start to covering recent renovations on the path.

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The Richland County B and O Bike Trail was granted 1,000 to stimulate their most recent revitalization projects.

"We have recently completed a long-range plan for the bike trail, where we have addressed several needs -- repaving, equipment needs to amplify volunteer efforts, need for signage. So, we have several potentials, which we'll be able to choose for this donation.

"This is a great stimulus for us to keep moving."

The Starfish project, an organization aiming to help those addicted to drugs through faith-based programs and other treatment services, was represented by  Valarie Rust, intake director at Starfish Project. Stan Rust is also on the intake team.

"Stan and Val, thanks for your effort," Hilterman said. "You are making a difference in your community and we thank you for that."

The money will go towards awarding scholarships for those heading into the year-long faith-based recovery program. 

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The Richland County B and O Bike Trail was granted 1,000 to stimulate their most recent revitalization projects.

Scholarships can run anywhere between $500 and $2,000.

"It's a huge help," Valerie Rust said. "it's going to get quite a few people into help that they otherwise would not be able to access."

The Foundation's $11,000, brings the total of money donated by the Mid-Ohio 13er to more than $80,000 over four years that has been earmarked to help the city's organizations via grants or donations.

Staff Reporter

Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.

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