LIMA — Each week, Grant Sullivan is the constant in a child’s life.
He talks to them and he’s there for them every week, no matter what. Whether they’ve been good or bad, he shows up.
That’s what KidsHope USA, a national organization focused on church and school partnerships, is all about.
Sullivan is a mentor with the organization, and said in addition to changing the children’s lives, they’ve changed his.
“[The child I work with] caused me to really just see wonder and amazement in children,” said Sullivan, 34 and vice president of Sullivan Insurance.
Sullivan is a finalist for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Leader of the Year award. His nomination and subsequently being named a finalist surprised him.
“I don’t really view myself as a great leader,” he said. “But I’ve been around a lot of great leaders.”
For Sullivan, the award is a platform to highlight his work in the community, which mostly revolves around children.
“I think because of my faith I feel like I’m called to go to the people who have the most need or who are the least able to have a voice in society,” he said.
Sullivan is involved in KidsHope through Grace Community Church and said his “heart is just to kind of represent the love of Christ in this community.”
He’s been on the chamber’s board, a member of the Lima Noon Optimist Club, a volunteer at Freedom Elementary, does community service through his church and helped his wife form Project BLESS, which supports the Lima City School system.
“Lima is just a fantastic place to raise a family and to be able to get involved in the community,” Sullivan said.
Through children, Sullivan feels there is hope for the community’s future.
“We’re going to see change 20 years from now when this generation has grown up,” he said.
He wants to encourage others to get involved as well.
“Just take a change because you really can’t screw it up,” he said. “Everyone is qualified.”