Foundations award nearly $350K in grants

YOUNGSTOWN –The Trumbull Memorial and Western Reserve Health foundations have approved grants for various programs and projects, including a peer recovery coaches program at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

Rachael Chacon of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley said the Western Reserve foundation granted $282,108 and the Trumbull Memorial foundation granted $66,497 to local agencies and programs.

Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley received $35,400 from the Trumbull Memorial foundation to establish a peer recovery program at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

The program, modeled after the Anchor Recovery in Providence, R.I., links individuals who arrive at the emergency department due to a drug overdose with specially trained and certified peer recovery coaches when they are most open to receiving support and services, Chacon said.

Additional grants made by the Trumbull Memorial foundation include:

• $5,000 to the Trumbull County Combined Health District to support the distribution of opiate overdose reversal kits, as well as training on their use, through Project DAWN of Trumbull County;

• $11,097 to Trumbull Mobile Meals for their Hunger Under 65 program, which is meant to increase access to healthy foods for younger clients;

• $15,000 to Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership to support its urban agriculture projects, healthy eating and nutrition programs and the Warren Farmers Market.

Grants provided by the Western Reserve foundation include:

• $99,660 to Fresh Coast Communities to leverage investments in Youngstown’s stormwater infrastructure by giving the city insight into the benefits of a green strategy for managing stormwater runoff;

• $5,000 to Boardman for a study for the Reinvigorate Market Street project. The study will provide data in support of traffic lane reduction to create a more inclusive multimodal transportation system;

• $12,500 to Economic Action Group for Downtown Better Block, a model for how urban planning and community engagement can create a healthy downtown;

• $40,000 to Mahoning County District Board of Health for their collaboration with the YWCA of Youngstown on the Coming H.O.M.E. Project (Housing Opportunities for Mothers, Expecting);

• $24,948 to Mercy Health Youngstown for an expansion to their Stepping Out Program, which is designed to improve health of those with limited access to fitness and recreation areas and activities;

• $100,000 to Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation for improvements to the environment and fitness programming at four parks in Youngstown.

The Western Reserve Health Foundation was established in the 1980s as the fundraising arm of the Western Reserve Care System.

The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation began as the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation in 1976 but has operated separately from the hospital since 2012.



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