Care Closet Initiative set at YSU on Sunday

YOUNGSTOWN — United Way of Youngstown is teaming up with AG Beauty Salon & Spa on Youngstown State University’s campus to raise money for the Care Closet Initiative at a block party-style event called Self Care for Care Closets.

The event will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 137 Lincoln Ave. A Care Closet is a one-stop shop for students who need food, clothing, shoes, hygiene products and more.

This initiative is an extension of the United Way’s Success After 6 program, which was launched in 2015. United Way has helped 2,800 students with after-school programming and thousands more with wrap-around services. The agency said it is committed to creating four Care Closets in the Youngstown City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

The fundraiser was created by Sarah Daum and Alex Galantis, owner of AG Beauty. Both women have worked as tutors in the Success After 6 program and wanted to do something to give back to the kids who they have personally worked with in the Youngstown City School District and have seen their needs first-hand.

“Our hope is that beyond raising money for the Care Closet Initiative, that we will be able to share United Way’s mission and the different ways to get involved through volunteering, mentorship or donating,” explained Sarah Daum, social media coordinator at United Way.

Stone Fruit Coffee Co., Republic Pizzeria & Pub, University Nutrition and AG Beauty Salon & Spa will participate in the event. Build-Your-Own Breakfast LLC pop-up will offer a brunch buffet service, while fresh bouquets will be available for purchase at the Willow Fruit & Flower Farm truck. Raffle tickets for baskets from companies such as Penguin City Beer, Ivory & Birch, The Perfect Pair and more will be available to purchase.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unused hygiene products in exchange for raffle tickets. Temporary YSU parking permits will be available at the check-in table in front of the salon.


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