Wean Foundation gives more than $900K
WARREN — The Raymond John Wean Foundation awarded grants totaling $900,152 to local Mahoning Valley organizations, making it the foundation’s largest grantmaking quarter of the year.
Lori Wiebe, administrative and capacity building officer with the foundation, said the work represented by the five grantees represents community revitalization, access to educational opportunities and the creation of economic opportunity in the Mahoning Valley.
Grants from the foundation’s responsive portfolio were made to strategic partners, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, for their continued work to collectively catalyze change, leverage opportunities and encourage, support and nurture resident engagement.
”Our strategic partners are playing an increasingly and equally important role in community revitalization; their work being recognized with national grants and honors in 2016. They have provided voice to residents, and leaders throughout the Valley,” said Jennifer Roller, president of the Raymond John Wean Foundation.
”We are excited for the coming year and the various collaborations and community-building initiatives that our partners will launch,” Roller said.
• Mahoning Valley College Access Program for collaborative programming that increases college access through admission and financial aid advising and college persistence, with an emphasis on Warren and Youngstown city schools.
• Youngstown State University Center for Nonprofit Leadership for 2017 Nonprofit Leadership Summer Honors Internship program, an effort that continues that tradition of connecting regional nonprofit and public sector organizations with valuable and talented students, allowing opportunities to increase nonprofit skills and marketability.
• Economic Action Group to fill resource and skill gaps necessary to build on the City of Youngstown’s current momentum toward sustainable community and economic development.