United Way Campaign Kicks Off Friday with Day of Caring

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley will launch its annual campaign Friday with its 18th Day of Caring.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a breakfast for volunteers at the Covelli Centre, during which Bob Hannon, Youngstown United Way president, and Dave Coy, general manager of WKBN/WYTV/WYFX and 2015 campaign chairman, will announce the campaign goal

Following the breakfast, volunteers will spread across the city to conduct their community service project, including 400 who will spend the day in a four-block area in the Cottage Grove Neighborhood off South Avenue.

“Our United Way’s mission is to be the driving force for collaborative impact, and the Day of Caring is a prime example of that,” Hannon said. “Our partnership with the city of Youngstown, Green Youngstown and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. is strong, and we continue to transform neighborhoods in the city by coming together for sustainable change. This year we are excited to team up with the American Red Cross to make an even greater impact for the families of Youngstown.”

Day of Caring participants will focus their efforts on blighted homes on East Judson Avenue, Hilton Avenue, East Ravenwood Avenue, and East Auburndale Avenue. They will clean up debris, overgrown vegetation, board up the vacant homes, and install free smoke detectors in occupied homes.

“The city is thrilled to have so many organizations volunteers to help throughout the city. I am especially grateful for the board-up and clean-up efforts that will be done in the areas between South Avenue and Cottage Grove Avenue,” Mayor John McNally said in a statement. “With over 75 board-ups that day, the United Way Day of Caring will make a great impact on four Southside streets that are burdened by blight and clean-up needs.”

Title sponsors for the Day of Caring are Huntington Bank and Hometown Pharmacy. Other sponsors include NYO Property Group, Marucci and Gaffney Excavating, Republic Services, Lowe’s, General Motors Lordstown, AIM NationaLease, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, Dearing Compressor and Pump, Banner Supply, Mercy Health, Sam’s Club, Simon Roofing, Wedgewood Pizza, Chick-fil-A, and Coca-Cola.

Pictured: In 2014, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley enlisted nearly 600 volunteers.

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