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This Is My Story: An Interview With Ricky Allen Lanza

November 19, 2012

I got involved in Lorain, Ohio, just going to Task Force meetings. They really weren't doing much, and I said, we should at least be non-profit. They said, Oh, that's too much work. So I decided, I will do it for them. I got the [non-profit] status going, and next thing I knew, I was the Executive Director. I ended up with the job because no one else wanted it. I met patients in parking lots, my house, their house, I'd go to the doctor's office, and we didn't even have a phone number for anybody to call, so I added a third line to my cell phone account. That became the phone number for everybody to call.

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Comment by: Nancy Ann Smith (Wakeman, Ohio) Wed., Jan. 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm EST
Working with Ricky Lanza, in my year as a community organizer, was a pleasure and an impromptu training in how to be a dedicated executive director. Mr. Lanza offered training to all of his volunteers, so that they would always be able to help others to apply for benefit programs. Mr. Lanza's commitment to direct the Lorain County AIDS Taskforce as a volunteer shows his volunteers that they are truly all-in-this-together!
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