The Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc.

The Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created by concerned community members to provide funds to enable individuals with a wide variety of life-controlling problems such as drug addiction to participate in the Teen Challenge Program and obtain a healthy life of recovery and spirituality.  We are dedicated to changing our community, one life at a time.


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The Starfish Story

One day a man as walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.  Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"  The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back in the ocean.  The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don't throw them back, they'll die."  "Son," the man said "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?  You can't make a difference!"  After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then smiling at the man said, "I made a difference for that one."

(as adapted from The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eisely.  Harcourt, Brace and Co. 1969)
In 2016, Starfish of Richland County had the Honor of being reconized by the Ohio State House of Representatives, Clifford A. Rosenberger, Speaker of the House, House of Representative
Mark Romanchuck of House District 2 and Senator Larry Obhoff.
Valerie Rust is recognized by the Ohio Senate for her volunteer efforts. Congratulations Valerie!
The Starfish Project has been accepted into the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Please link your Kroger rewards card to Starfish. Every time you use  your Kroger rewards they will donate to Starfish at no cost to you. The link is  - You can look up Starfish or enter our NPO number 35229 to link your card.

Donate to Starfish

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  Any amount donated is tax-deductible according to the IRS rules governing 501(c)(3) organizations. Every dollar not spent on our minimal administrative costs goes directly to the life-changing treatment of a member of our community.  Donate today by mailing a tax-deductible donation to:

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc.

9 North Mulberry Street

Mansfield, Ohio 44902

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Contact Starfish

Starfish Project of Richland County, Inc.

Valerie Rust (Intake Coordinator):


Stan Rust (Intake Team member):



(Mailing Address Only)

9 North Mulberry Street

Mansfield, Ohio  44902