UNITED WAY HOLDS DAY OF CARING: The 16th annual United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley Day of Caring, sponsored by Covelli Enterprises, will take place on Friday.
The United Way Day of Caring is a communitywide day of hands-on volunteering. Employees of area companies participate by completing tasks, odd jobs, and organizing activities for local nonprofit organizations. Student, church and other community groups as well as families are encouraged to participate. Projects may consist of painting, construction, landscaping, cleaning, or home repairs.
The Day of Caring not only helps local agencies to complete much-needed tasks, but it provides volunteers with an opportunity to see first-hand how these agencies work to meet the needs of the community. The day is also the official start of the 2013 United Way campaign.
Those interested in learning more about the Day of Caring, or to volunteer, call 330-746-8494.
AUTISM GROUP MEETS: I.V.A.N. (Inspirational Voices 4 Autism Needs), a local support group for families on the Autism spectrum, is held bi-weekly from 7 to 8 p.m. every other Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Believers Christian Church on Schenely Ave, Howland. A light snack is provided with the meeting, and child care is provided to those who chose to utilize it.
For information, call 330-980-2080.
EXHIBITS TO EXPAND: OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology has a 3,000-square-foot expansion that will include a new exhibit area dedicated to making things, and a second classroom. A grant award of $25,000 from the Youngstown Foundation made the project possible.
After two years of operation, more than 79,000 explorers, 5,000 members, 474 educational field trips and 235 birthday celebrations have visited OH WOW!'s state-of-the-art facility in downtown Youngstown. The expansion is being developed in collaboration with OH WOW!'s educational and manufacturing partners.
The Center is also working on website remodeling, bringing in health and wellness traveling exhibitions, and a new Energy WOW! Zone on the main exhibit floor. For information, call 330-744-5914.
POLICE PROGRAM OFFERED: The Citizen's Police Awareness Academy Training will begin its third year starting Sept. 11. Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and run for eight consecutive weeks.
Participants will be given the chance to experience "a day in the life of an officer," go over procedures, learn about Fourth Amendment rights, search and seizure, use of force and 911 dispatch procedures, participate in a police ride-along, tour of the Trumbull County Jail and "shot or not shot" simulated scenario on the Fire Arm Training System.
Applications for the upcoming class can be picked up at the Warren Police Department, Records Department, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or from the city's website, www.warren.org. Class space is limited, however, applications are taken continuously for future classes.
For information, call Sgt. Geoff Fusco at 330-841-2535 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOUNDATION PRESENTS AWARD: Second Harvest Food Bank was presented a $4,500 donation made possible through the Bottom Dollar Food Charitable Foundation, which provides financial support for programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves. The money will be used to support the Mobile Pantry program in Trumbull County, which provides approximately 280 families with the food they need each month.
The pantry is designed to deliver food to people in underserved areas in the Mahoning Valley. The Food Bank also operates Mobile Pantry programs in Lake Milton and Goshen Township in Mahoning County, and Hanoverton in Columbiana County.
For information, call 330-792-5522 or visit www.bottomdollarfood.com.
To reach the 24-hour information referral and crisis intervention service in Trumbull County, call Trumbull 211 at 330-393-1565 or 211. Call Trumbull 211 or Help Hotline at 330-747-2696 or 800-427-3606 for more information on service agencies and support groups.
Someplace Safe Inc., domestic violence agency, offers support groups for women, children and individual support services. 330-393-3003.
Write to Recover, 10 a.m., Meridian Place, 1184 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Master Discipleship Group, 6 p.m., Mahoning Valley Hope Center, Surrey Road, Warren.
Sunday Night Our Gratitude Speaks, Narcotics Anonymous open speaker meeting. Sundays, 7 p.m. Serenity Place, 29 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.
Sunday Solutions, 2 p.m., Sahara Club II, 2345 Youngstown Road, Warren
Our Gratitude Speaks, 7 p.m., Serenity Place, 21 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.
Keeping it Simple, 7 p.m., Sahara Club, 2345 Youngstown Road, Warren.
Regardless Of, 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic Ave., Warren.
TASCNA (Trumbull Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous), 10 a.m., Glenbeigh Outpatient Center, 29 North Road S.E., Niles.