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Each year, Citynet employees give back to their communities, by supporting local non-profits, causes, and community organizations. Citynet would like to thank its employees for the many hours they dedicate to their communities and beyond.

Charles Morris

Charles Morris

Director of Citynet Switch Operations
Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts encourages its members to "always do your best." Charles has genuinely taken this to heart. Although only a Cub Scout himself, Charles has encouraged his sons, ages 12 and 15, to pursue the rank of Boy Scout. As a way of finding a common ground with his sons, Charles has been leading the Boy Scouts for five years and the title of "Community Chair". While still leading Scouts directly, Charles also deals with the business sideof the operation.

Through their weekly meetings and their method of teaching via entertaining activities, Charles is able to help the boys become better, more accomplished individuals. When a child comes up to him and tells Charles how much fun he had and how much he enjoyed an activity, Charles knows that the child learned something and that he is doing the right thing: this is the most rewarding part. The Boy Scouts operate around a value-based system; through this system these young men are encouraged to help their community and become better citizens themselves.

Charles has implemented The "Cash for Cans" program in Citynet's Columbus office: aluminum cans are collected and the Boy Scouts pick them up on a regular basis. This program allows Citynet to both help out the community and to protect the environment.

Charles also utilizes his skills in technology and administration to lend a hand at his church.

The idea that keeps Charles going and lets him know that he is truly making a difference is this: If you touch one person's life, they in turn can touch ten, and then those ten also can touch ten more people. As a result of one seemingly small, insignificant act, a person can actually make a big difference.

Craig Behr

Craig Behr

Vice President & General Manger, Citynet Managed Services
Craig serves as Treasurer for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

United Way's role is to enhance the quality of life in the community by helping those in need. This is accomplished through an annual fund-raising campaign to support local health and human service agencies, participation in community problem-solving strategies, and by providing a variety of support activities to local charitable services.

Craig also serves on the Board of Directors for Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club. Boys andGirl Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of kids by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are truly The Positive Place For Kids.

Citynet extends its gratitude to Craig Behr for lending his expertise to these valuable community organizations. Craig's life-long dedication to Volunteerism serves as such a strong example for each of us to give back to our communities. Thank you, Craig!

Mike Maxey

Mike Maxey

Citynet Network Engineering Team Member
We're all winners.

That's not the easiest thing to try to explain to a child who has missed a goal, failed a test, or fallen and scraped a knee , but Mike Maxey, father, coach, and scouting enthusiast, has done his best to instill a sense of confidence and self-worth in the children whose lives he has touched over the past several years.

Mike began as a volunteer coach for the Marion County Youth Soccer Association three years ago in order to be more involved with his son. He soon found out that coaching is a great way to not only spend quality time with his child, but also to get the boys and girls in his community outside and physically active and teach them the fundamentals of soccer.

Maxey believes, "Kids need to know that it is okay to get active and play outdoors. It's a great start to a healthy lifestyle." The co-ed U8 Recreational League does not track wins or losses and in fact, does not even keep score. They work together as a team to get the ball in the goal, and as an added bonus, get to have great fun in the process. Practices take place after school at Pleasant Valley Elementary, and all games are played at the Soccer Complex on Route 250 from Fairmont to Mannington. Mike invites everyone to come out and watch some great soccer!

In addition to coaching, Maxey also helps out with the members of his son's Tiger Scout Troop. He regularly attends all the meetings and does what he can in support of Marion County's Mountaineer Area Council Pack #12. In his opinion, the Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts) are another great program for kids to learn about the outdoors and core values that will help them to be better people in general.

For someone who doesn't care much about who is in first place, Mike is certainly number one in the hearts of many members of his community.

Citynet congratulates Mike Maxey for volunteering his time and talents. Giving his energies to these kids encourages Volunteerism in the future generations. Please, use Mike's story as your inspiration to get out there with your communitiy and give back. Thank you, Mike!

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Citynet Sales Support Representative
Passion for Summit Park Neighborhood

Steve Thompson's passion is his neighborhood; Summit Park. Steve started a Facebook page where more than 350 members can keep in touch, share memories and learn a little of the history of their community. He volunteers to help people with home or automobile repairs, lawn work, computers, and assists with moving or hauling.

He also gives many hours to the Summit Park Field, the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department, participates on the Board of the Summit Park Association and works on many events which put money back into his community.


Kristen Heiser

Director, Marketing & Communications
                     Tail-Waggin' Therapy

Kristen and Teddy, her Ariedale Terrier, brighten patients' hospital stays. Visiting hospital and nursing home patients can sound quite depressing but watching Teddy bringing smiles to patients, families and hospital staff is well worth the time. Kristen and Teddy completed hours of training and passed intensive testing through Therapy Dogs International in order to become certified to work in various settings. Watching Teddy navigate the hospital equipment, IV lines, respiratory equipment, feeding tubes and performing his antics is quite inspiring. The best reward is seeing a patient quietly petting Ted, tears slipping onto his cheeks and speaking of his own dog or cat -- replacing despair with the hope of going home; of returning to a life outside of a hospital. Ted's work is done...for now.

Citynet congratulates Kristen for her Pet Therapy work and bringing hope of health and happiness to not only those injured or sick but also for staff and for Kristen and Teddy. Citynet encourages each of us to find that special niche in which we can make a difference like Kristen and Teddy. Giving back to our communities also gives back to us!

Bryan Smith

Bryan Smith

Technical Support Center Representative
The Soup Opera

Bryan volunteers several days each month at The Soup Opera in Fairmont. Each day there begins early, as they prepare a menu based on the availability of donated food. Entrees are often freshly homemade such as soup, stew or a rice or pasta dish. They also serve pizza and hot dogs and always include vegetables, fresh greens, fruit salad, dessert and a beverage for a nutritious meal.

The Soup Opera serves an average of 36,000 meals a year and prepares 1500 emergency food orders. Shower and laundry facilities are also available to families in need, as well as a food pantry, clothing, bedding, dishes and personal care items.

Eric Spatafore

Eric Spatafore

Senior Account Manager
United Way of Harrison County

Eric serves his community by volunteering as co-chair of the Technology Division for the United Way of Harrison County. His primary goal is to generate fundraising opportunities from the technology and government contracting organizations that are new to the local area.

United Way's role is to enhance the quality of life in the community by helping those in need. This is accomplished through an annual fund-raising campaign to support local health and human service agencies, participation in community problem-solving strategies and by providing a variety of support activities to local charitable services.

Jonathan Ayoob

Jonathan Ayoob

Director, Human Resources
Lighthouse Baptist Church

Jonathan volunteers his time and his talents for the Lighthouse Baptist Church, in Salem, WV. He designed their website and continues to actively and innovatively update their site. His resourcefulness has helped them communicate to visitors exactly who they are, where they've been and what they believe and allows their members to keep up with the churches events, current missions and messages.

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