Change Makers

Change Makers:
Dearing Compressor & Pump Co.

Dearing Compressor & Pump Co. was always a corporate donor for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. But in 2009, vice president and chief financial officer Becky Wall witnessed the organization’s impact on a personal level when the company did its first workplace campaign.

As Dearing thrived from the shale boom, “most of the companies were really, really hurting,” Wall says. The “generous outpouring” from the Dearing employees was “amazing,” she says.

“A lot of them had been hurting before they got their jobs at Dearing, used a lot of the services that the United Way provided,” she says. “And they were ready to stand up and give back.”

In 2013, “The United Way found me,” Wall says. A visit from the organization’s president, Bob Hannon, “changed my life” when he asked her to be the campaign chair. The United Way has passion for its work, she says, and “that’s what makes all the difference.”

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