The We Above Me Alex Switzer Memorial Fund supports dog training at MANCI | Thrive

MANSFIELD – According to his family, Alex Switzer was a kind, generous person who loved children, seniors, dogs, and fishing. He died in a car accident in May, he was just 23 years old.

His mother, Melanie Kline-Switzer of Mansfield, and other family members set up a donor-advised fund at the Richland County Foundation to remember Alex by giving grants to local nonprofits that he would have liked to support.

The fund recently awarded a grant to the Richland County Dog Warden to allow a dog to undergo obedience training at the Mansfield Correctional Institution. The training lasts four to eight weeks, depending on the dog. The dog is then given up for adoption.

The fund also made grants to support 5K racing for the Lucas Community Center and Forgotten Felines.

Kline-Switzer named the fund after the “We Above Me” award that Alex received as a member of the Lucas High School Football Team. She said it sums up his personality and puts other people (and the team) first.

Alex graduated from Lucas High School in 2016 and was employed by Richland Lumber.

Proceeds from a Go-Fund Me account were used to start the fund with the foundation. Alex’s family is planning future fundraisers to help build the fund.

Anyone can donate to the fund online at or by check to the Richland County Foundation with the fund’s name on the memo line.


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