Folks can be (and feed) somebody

In a previous column, I cited a person who exemplifies what is wrong with Trumbull County. Project Be Somebody and its founder Lisa Booze demonstrate what is right with Trumbull County.

The Leavittsburg organization, founded in 2008, has as its mission to serve those in need in the community. Over the years, they’ve done just that.

They’ve raised funds and volunteered to renovate the ball fields and build a handicapped accessible playground at the LaBrae Athletic Club complex. Additionally, they’ve held fundraisers for people in the community in need due to illness or death in the family. They’ve organized holiday toy drives and hold Easter Egg Hunts for the children in their community.

One thing that Lisa Booze and her group had noticed was that there were some in their community who were in need of food – some because of temporary unemployment, some because of the rising cost of living. After acquiring office space at 4814 W. Market St. in Leavittsburg late last year, the group decided to start a food pantry. They’ve had some fundraisers, received donations from people in the community and partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to open the pantry, Project Feed Somebody, in February at their office in Leavittsburg.

Since its inception, Project Be Somebody has cooperated with other organizations to accomplish things. The ball field and playground projects were completed in cooperation with the LaBrae Athletic Club. Recently, I attended a benefit dinner that the group held for Betty’s Angels.

By the way, Betty’s Angels is another organization that represents what is right about Trumbull County. Betty’s Angels is a privately funded children’s shelter for victims of homelessness, sexual abuse, drug addiction and neglect.

Project Be Somebody sets an example for all of us. They were neighbors who banded together to meet the needs of the community and then further cooperated with other groups to achieve even greater things. If we hope to improve our county, those of us who are like-minded need to work together.

I’ve spoken before about the idea that loving your neighbor means helping wherever you have the power to do so. Lisa Booze and her group do just that. They don’t seem to believe in the word ”can’t.” They aren’t waiting for ”somebody” to come and do something to help improve their community. They have decided to ”Be Somebody” and have demonstrated what we all can do if we put our minds to it and work together.

Lisa and her group remind me of a hymn we used to sing in church: “Brighten the Corner.”

“Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,

Do not wait to shed your light afar,

To the many duties ever near you now be true,

Brighten the corner where you are.”

Project Be Somebody truly is brightening their little corner of Trumbull County. Shouldn’t the rest of us follow their example?

Yoder is a West Farmington resident. Email her at editorial@