GHS alum, Thrivent financial advisor gives back to community

DARKE COUNTY—In times such as these, it’s never a bad idea to give back to your community.

Membership-owned, fraternal organization, Thrivent, puts giving back at the heart of its business.

“Being a benefit-member organization requires us to have a common bond,” Andria Haworth, Financial Advisor at Thrivent, said. “By being a benefit-member organization we give back profits to our members so that they can give back within their own communities. At Thrivent, we believe money is a tool, not a goal. Driven by a higher purpose at our core, we are committed to providing advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs to help people make the most of all they’ve been given.”

Founded in 1902, Thrivent gives its funds to its benefit members, as well as to its teams and advisors, and encourages them to take that money and do something good in their community, versus corporate making a unanimous decision on where to donate the funds.

Haworth, 1999 graduate of GHS, said she’s trying to get that community service aspect back and going again in Darke County.

“All of our members are a part of Thrivent,” Haworth said. “They have opportunity to access our generosity programs. One way is through Thrivent Choice dollars that they can designate to a non-profit of their choice and secondly is through our Action Team program. With the Action Team, they receive a prepaid Visa card to do something they care about. It can be using the funds to help a neighbor with house repairs, purchasing supplies for a fundraiser or even packing up care kits for military or first responders. There are so many different ways they can be used. If you have ever seen a ‘Living Generously’ T-shirt, that was an Action Team event. We have a lot of people that care about Darke County and giving back. It warms my heart and I kept thinking to myself, ‘Gosh I need to get Thrivent out there.’ Thrivent can partner with individuals and groups to increase the impact.”

Recently, Haworth and the Thrivent office out of Piqua, worked on a couple of service projects in Darke County.

She teamed up with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for their warm weather drive for the Darke County schools.

“We invited all of our Thrivent members, and told them to bring their friends and family,” she said. “We met at Chenoweth Trails, and asked them to bring hats and gloves. We filled up a big trough, full of hats and gloves. We used the money that corporate gave us to provide a meal, bounce houses and prizes for games. We had a really long ice cream sundae, called it Darke County’s Longest Ice Sundae. We had like two, 20-foot gutters, I think donated from Ansonia Lumber, and we had toppings, and so everybody was able to eat the ice cream.”

The team used any money that was left over from everything done that day, to buy coats in various sizes, then gave all of the coats to the Sheriff’s Office, and left it for them to distribute to all of the Darke County schools.

A long time member, and now organizer, of the 4-H Club Canine Capers, Haworth did a service project through the club for Darke County first responders in collaboration with Hands Across Darke.

“Rhonda Williams, who does Hands Across the Darke, was doing First Responder Appreciation Kits,” she said. “We took money from Thrivent, and bought all kinds of things to put inside the little bags. The 4-H kids took them to whatever town that they lived in, Ansonia or Arcanum, and they dropped them off to the EMTs, police, fire. They had fun and it was cool to be able to show the kids that you can make a difference, and show appreciation in your community by giving back.”

While it’s not your usual financial company, Haworth can still provide all of the services that you’d need in a financial planner. Thrivent has its own mutual funds that you can invest in, but is not limited to just Thrivent mutual funds. If people want individual stocks, or another mutual fund company, Haworth said she can do all of that too.

Haworth, who’s been with Thrivent for four years, and in finance for 20 years, services the Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties.

She started her finance career at Greenville Federal Savings and Loan as a GHS student, and moved from there to Edward Jones, where she jumped in head first.

What does she like about finance? Helping people. Haworth said you don’t need a lot of money to start saving, or to start making the right choices.

“I like teaching them that investing isn’t as scary as most people think it is,” Haworth said. “It’s about education for me. I don’t want them to toss and turn at night, losing sleep over what is going on. I’ll explain things to people every time we meet. Not because I don’t think they’ve retained it but because I’m so passionate about teaching them that it’s safe. For me, it’s all about helping people, making them feel confident and secure in what they’re doing, that they’re making the right choices.”

For more information on Thrivent, or to speak with Haworth, contact her at, 937-778-1353 or go to

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at

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