Charitable Organizations Partner on Virus Response

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Six local charitable organizations are partnering to fund efforts targeted at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a statement Monday morning, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, United Way of Trumbull County, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, and The Youngstown Foundation announced the organization’s leaders would meet weekly to share information, communicate emerging needs and grant decisions, and collaborate on funding whenever possible.

“While our organizations each have established priorities and funding guidelines, we are all committed to coordinating efforts,” the organizations said in the joint statement. “This expanded communication is intended to ensure donations are distributed efficiently and will increase the impact of each contribution.”

The first step of the partnership will be gathering information from local agencies and individuals about the impact of COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus. The groups will then assess immediate, short-term and long-term needs.

Several of the partner organizations have already launched COVID-19 response funds:

“The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has taken the nation by surprise and called on Mahoning Valley residents to support one another,” the statement said. “This funding partnership and the coordination of our foundations and United Ways will further strengthen that support and our community’s ability to overcome each obstacle we encounter.”

For more information, contact Roxann Sebest at United Way of Youngstown at 330 746 8494 or any of the organizations directly. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.