HelpLine to Hold 5th Annual Guardians for Good Awards Celebration

Delaware, OH – HelpLine will hold its 5th Annual Guardians for Good Awards Celebration on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, noon at Ohio Wesleyan University Hamilton Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Avenue, Delaware, OH. The event is free and open to the public, however, requires registration; lunch will be provided.

Guardians for Good (GFG) award honors community members who have demonstrated exemplary service, sponsorship, and social advocacy on behalf of HelpLine. Since 2018, HelpLine has recognized 25 Guardians who have leveraged their compassion, commitment and the currency of kindness to ensure that HelpLine meets its mission of strengthening the emotional health and wellness of the community. This year’s honorees include those who use teaching, service, outreach and veteran support to advance goodness, creating community impact.

Through the theme, “Preserving our Future through Prevention,” this year’s event will also focus on innovative youth development and prevention strategies used to create safe, supportive environments where young people experience belonging and thrive. A panel of prevention experts will discuss their unique approaches to engaging youth and will feature:

  • Whitney J. Raglin Bignall, Ph.D. (She/Her), Associate Clinical Director, On Our Sleeves, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Whitney Gherman, PhD Student, College of Education and Human Ecology Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University & Project DREAMS Principal Investigator
  • Jackie Lipnos, Youth Empowerment Coordinator, HelpLine
  • Elaine Mitchell, Community Engagement Coordinator, Connections Volunteer Center
  • Maureen Nafula, Project DREAMS & Hayes High School Student
  • Dr. Jason Rawls, Assistant Professor of Hip Hop, The Ohio State University
  • Erin Upchurch, Executive Director, Kaleidoscope Youth Center

WSYX ABC 6 and Fox 28 News co-anchors Stacia Naquin and Bob Kendrick will serve as emcees. The celebration will also be live-streamed on the HelpLine Facebook page.

To register, visit and to get a head start on your Giving Tuesday donation, text GUARDGOOD to 41444. Giving will sustain HelpLine’s ability to provide crisis support for those experiencing mental health emergencies, suicidal ideation, sexual assault, or basic need disruptions.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, Chartwells, Columbus State Community College, Delaware County Foundation, Impact 60, Marysville Honda, OhioHealth, Richwood Bank, Jim & Karen Waters, Skip and Linda Weiler, and Women Giving Together.

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, information or a referral to a local health or human service, call us on our free, confidential 24/7 hotline at 211, 1.800.684.2324, 988 or text helpline to 898211.

About HelpLine
As the community’s only 24/7 resource, we are the go-to for supporting and empowering change. Our highly trained specialists offer compassionate support to help meet the needs of anyone in crisis, connecting them with the right resources and empowering them to thrive. Our prevention programs address suicide and depression, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and family violence to influence change in our community. These programs are rooted in our relationships with local non-profits and agencies, giving us the connections and knowledge to get community members the support, education, and volunteer opportunities they’re looking for. For more information, visit:

Tamika Vinson, Marketing and Development Director
P: 740.363.1835, ext. 305
F: 740.369.0358