Youngstown Foundation awards grants

YOUNGSTOWN – Twenty-nine area organizations have been awarded grants totaling $334,909 by the Distribution Committee of The Youngstown Foundation, including $500 to the Warren G. Harding High basketball program. Grants were awarded from the Unrestricted Fund as well as the Hine Memorial Fund, the Mahoning Valley Sports Charities, and several donor advised and restricted funds.

Receiving Youngstown Foundation Unrestricted Fund grants are: A.C.T.I.O.N., $5,000 in support of the Home for Good re-entry program; Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care, $15,000 for the purchase of kitchen equipment for the new assisted living and memory care facility; Common Wealth, Inc., $15,000 towards construction of the kitchen incubator; D&E Counseling Center, $15,000 for expansion of Camp Challenge parking lot; Junior Achievement of MV, $5,000 for program funding in the Youngstown City Schools; Park Vista Retirement Community, $10,000 to assist with construction of the Lifelong Learning Center; YMCA, $10,000 towards the summer program for inner city youth; Youngstown State University $13,875 for the development of the Senior Youth Mentorship Program; 7th Ward Citizens Coalition, $15,000 to provide materials and supplies for community improvement initiatives; SMARTS, $5,000 to assist with organizational and program development; Turning Point Counseling Services, $15,000 one-time support for addition of staff person to manage expansion of group therapy programs.

Of the 29 grants awarded, four area organizations committed to serving children with diagnosed disabilities received funds from the Hine Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Foundation.

Hine Memorial Fund grants include: Down Syndrome Association of the MV, $7,500 in support of the iCan Shine Bike Camp; Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries, $9,000 to provide follow up services to children identified as at risk through the Amblyopia screening process; Autism Society, $5,000 in support of the Camp F.R.I.E.N.D, a one-week day camp for children with autism; and Youngstown CityScape, $137,500 to construct a universally designed playground in Wick Park.

Donor Advised Funds grants were awarded to: Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, $2,000; Special Olympics, $1,000; American Cancer Society/Warren Relay for Life, $1,000; Project KIND, $22,000; East Palestine High School Scholarship Program, $1,000; Youngstown State University Veterans Resource Center, $10,000; Girl Scouts of NE Ohio (MVSC), $10,000; Tabernacle Baptist Church, $1,000; and Warren G. Harding High School Basketball Program, $500.

Recently established funds award first grants: The CASTLO Community Fund, established to perpetually enhance the CASTLO member communities: Poland Schools Foundation, $500; Campbell Memorial High School, $500; Struthers School Foundation for Educational Excellence, $500; Lowellville School Foundation, $500; and The Youngstown City School District Speech & Debate Fund: Youngstown City Schools Speech & Debate program, $1,534.

Founded in 1918, The Youngstown Foundation is the largest community foundation in the Valley, the fourth oldest in the country and ranked in the top 100 nationally. For information, call 330-744-0320.