Ann Miles shares her talents

LIMA – Ann Miles is a Jefferson Award winner who has given for years in the public and private sectors.

“I retired about ten years ago and just wanted to commit to serving the community in any way I could. And that’s what I did.

Ann’s gifts are the result of her childhood in Lima, the eldest of ten children. Her mother was a single mother for most of her life. Ann took on much of the responsibility of raising her siblings while her mother worked to support the family. One of her sisters had special needs. Ann made sure her sister had what she needed to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Ann’s family grew up benefiting from a number of services provided within the community. She knows firsthand the needs of many members of the Lima community, and through her strong faith in God and commitment to the principles Jesus taught, she continues to serve the Lima community in many ways.

Ann Miles has served the Lima community in a number of high profile positions. She served as the Lima City Council Representative for the 7th District from 2014 to 2017. Ann was also a member of the Lima City Schools School Board. Her giving led her to serve on the United Way Board of Directors as Campaign Chair in 2018. From 2019 to 2021, Ann served as Chair of the United Way Board of Directors. She served on the West Ohio Community Action Partnership Board of Directors from 2005 until present. She is currently in her sixth year on the Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors.

Although Ann has held a number of high profile and very public functions, she has also served behind the scenes in several capacities. She is an active member of One Church. Ann Miles continues to find ways to publicly help the Lima community. She believes that we are all endowed with gifts.

“Everyone has a gift they can share with others and I would encourage everyone when they have the time to share it with the community, especially with our young people; they need an example of skills and abilities and that wisdom that comes from older people.

Mentoring teenagers has been an exciting and rewarding experience for Ann. “I always challenge myself to break through that tough exterior that they’re trying to expose. I did it simply by loving them and caring about the things they cared about and doing little things for them. It was a real challenge for me to finally convince them so that you can really, really mentor them.

And Ann always finds more ways to help the Lima community.

“I like to know what’s going on in the community. And the only way to really know is to be among the people who hear things and just be involved. The Bible says we are to be the light of the earth. We should be the difference makers, the salt of the earth. Right now, that seems to be what I’m committed to doing. Being in the community to make a difference wherever I can. People are looking for hope, encouragement. I just want to show people not to give up. I just want to be there to cheer them on.

It was perhaps best summed up on the Jefferson Award nomination form when it said, “I don’t think there was a time in her life when she wasn’t committed to helping others every time that she could.”

Ann Miles, Jefferson Prize Winner

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