Change Makers | Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Both the Sweeney family and the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley have been active members of the local community, effecting positive change.

As the fourth-generation of the family and president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Alexa Sweeney Blackann takes the company’s position in the community very seriously.

“When customers come back to us and they choose to do business with us over and over again, we have a responsibility to give back to the community,” she says. “I hope if we are being recognized as a Change Maker, it’s because of that support from the community and they feel we’re doing a good job bringing that back.”

From its work in supporting early childhood literacy, STEM education to its annual Operation Santa fundraiser, which has raised more than $150,000 for area nonprofits since 2013, Sweeney’s contributions are a team effort, she says.

“I’m just one person representing the 200 members of Team Sweeney that are all proud of the work we do in the community,” she says.

In her interview with Roxann Sebest, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, Sweeney Blackann says she is proud of the work Sweeney had done with the nonprofit for more than 100 years.

“Anytime we can help fundraise for United Way, we’re happy to do it.”

Pictured: Roxann Sebest, director of marketing and communications, United Way; Alexa Sweeney Blackann, president of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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