Monroeville grads 'doing some great things'

Cary Ashby • Updated Jan 29, 2017 at 6:43 PM

MONROEVILLE — Just local guys giving back to the Monroeville and Norwalk-area communities.

That’s what the organization Metal for Moms does by hauling away donated scrap metal and passing the money on to charities. Organizer Josh Roeder said the mission is to assist “smaller, local charities that do big things.”

“We’re really geared toward (helping) children,” he added. “We are here because we are passionate about what we do. Everything we do is geared toward children and the less fortunate.”

Metal for Moms, a Christian-based organization, was formed in the summer of 2011. Three members of the group are Monroeville High School graduates: Roeder (class of 2002), his best friend, Kevin Scheid (2002) and J.T. Smith (2001).

“We are Christian guys doing what Christians should do — helping out the less fortunate,” Roeder said before an assembly Friday for Monroeville seventh-graders through seniors at the Monroeville Athletic Complex (aka the MAC).

Ben Paul, director of student activities, told the students that Metals for Mom was at the MAC to give them an idea of how they could volunteer in the community — a requirement for graduation.

“It’s really great having Monroeville alumni doing great things,” Paul said.

Jen Harvey, the guidance counselor for junior and senior high students, became acquainted with Roeder and Schied during her first year at Monroeville Local Schools. She said they were good guys in school — but maybe slightly “ornery.”

“Their heart was always in football,” Harvey said.

They still hold school football records: Roeder for passing yards in a game (359 in 2001) and Scheid for recovered fumbles in a season (six in 2000). 

After graduation, Roeder said he had a “hard time” in life since he was no longer playing football and his grandfather died. He told the students he didn’t find his passion in life until he had the idea for Metal for Moms.

“We are like you guys are. Fifteen years ago we were sitting where you’re sitting,” Roeder said.

When the organization used money collected from scrap metal, the Metal for Moms crew installed a playground set at Miriam House. Roeder said the members played ball with one of the boys there and his mother later gave him a hug, saying that made her son’s day.

“When that happened I knew this wasn’t going to be a one-time thing,” Roeder added.

The Metal for Moms crew stressed to students long-term effects take time, and may not be apparent when they volunteer.

“Sometimes you don’t see the end result,” Roeder said. “It’s a snowball effect.”

Junior Kara Schafer, after the assembly, said she was impressed by the unusual mission that Metal for Moms has and that “the little things can go a long way.”

Near the end of Friday’s assembly, junior Rachel Clingman announced the school raised about $423 for Metal for Moms by selling coffee and hot chocolate for two weeks. The project was organized by Spanish moderator Holly Weilnau.

If you have scrap metal to donate, call Metal for Moms at 567-224-0549 or 419-577-4943.

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