Neighborhood group gets $50,000 for playground

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN — The William Swanston Charitable Fund awarded $50,000 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership toward building a playground at the Highland Terrace housing complex in Warren.

Area organizations such as Team Sanders Inc., Ignite Ministry and the Warren G. Harding High School basketball program already pledged to support the multi-year Project Play by hosting programs at the new playground on the city’s southwest side, according to a news release from the Swanston fund.

Project Play is a collaborative effort between Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority, the release states.

The fund awarded $374,900 in grants for eight initiatives aimed at improving the health and wellness of at-risk children, according to a press release from the agency. The William Swanston Charitable Fund is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley.

The other Trumbull County organization receiving a grant was the Children’s Rehabilitation Center Inc. in Howland, which received $14,900 to support its “Healthy Hand, Healthy Body: Improving Children’s Accessibility to Fitness and Nutrition” project.

The project includes adaptive fitness classes, cooking and nutrition education, and gardening activities for medically fragile children and those with disabilities.

The highest grant awarded, $150,000, went to the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for its Built Environment Improvements for Increased Physical Activity project. This initiative seeks to reduce childhood obesity in Youngstown’s neighborhoods through investments in parks and schools that serve the highest number of children, the release states.

Other agencies awarded grants include:

• Alta Care Group, Inc. — $35,000 to provide access to fresh produce through on-site farmers markets;

• Children’s Hunger Alliance — $20,000 for expansion of Youngstown’s afterschool meal programs;

• Compass Family and Community Services — $30,000 for its Daybreak Youth Crisis Center;

• Taft Promise Neighborhood — $25,000 for a paid, full-time staff person to coordinate and improve services for Taft area students, parents, residents and businesses; and

• Walnut Grove-Field of Opportunity — $50,000 for the purchase and installation of equipment at a new inclusive playground for individuals with special needs.



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