Tom RicksPresident Serve The Need in Johnston County
Tom was born on June 6, 1939 in Durham, NC. He graduated from Durham High School in 1957. He graduated from UNC with a BS degree in General Business with emphasis on Marketing, Finance and Personnel.
He spent most of his career in Financial Accounting. He worked with his wife, Lois Stephenson, in childcare; the business was named Building Blocks Child Care.
Both he and his wife are members of Horne Memorial United Methodist Church in Clayton, NC where he began his community service with the mission outreach programs both locally and internationally.
From 2011 through 2016, Tom started coordinating the Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) meal packaging events with other local churches and the Clayton Rotary Club resulting in $131,092 raised and 515,756 meals packaged in those five years.
In 2013, he received the Rotary Community Service Award from the Clayton Rotary Club and he received the Frances Hobart Community Service Award presented by the NC Community Foundation that same year.
He has been a member of Serve The Need in Johnston County for 6 years and currently serves as Vice President where he is responsible for cash flow analysis and budgeting. As head of the Fundraising committee, he collaborates with committee members to ensure a variety of activities that the members of Serve The Need will be excited about attending, thus raising funds for the organization. He also is involved with grant writing development along with pick-up and delivery of food from grocery stores and delivers them to local food banks and pantries in the Clayton community. He works very close with the President, Royal Williams, on planning and committee development for maximum results for Serve The Need in Johnston County.