GM Foundation Awards Nonprofits $100,000

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — The 50th anniversary celebrations at the General Motors Lordstown Complex culminated Saturday with the announcement of $100,000 in grants to Mahoning Valley nonprofits. The grants, announced during the anniversary car show at Lordstown Complex East, are funded through GM’s Community Grants program.

“Through the GM Foundation, these important community organizations are able to drive programs that continue to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Rick Demuynck, Lordstown plant manager. “We are proud to be a part of a company and community that work hard to support education, enhance community revitalization and help those in need.”

The grants will support these organizations and community programs:

  • United Way ($60,000). This grant will support early childhood education.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley ($15,000). Funds from this grant will support the daily operations of the food bank to ensure that struggling seniors, families and children have the food they need to stay healthy and be able to contribute to the community.
  • Northeast Ohio First Robotics Alliance (NEOFRA) ($15,000). The funding will be used to directly support and sustain the nine area NEOFRA teams in 2016. The support will help increase access to STEM education within the classroom setting. The volunteer mentors of the teams will be able to provide the students with the  tools, software and raw materials needed to educate the students in engineering design, robotic programming and ultimately building a robot.
  • Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Earth Force GREEN) ($10,000). Earth Force will manage the funds to support the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, working to engage youth from area schools in improving their watersheds.

”Support to these worthy organizations through the GM Foundation Community Grants Program underscores our commitment to empowering the Mahoning Valley region,” said Lori Wingerter, vice president, GM Foundation.

This year, the GM Community Grants program will provide nearly $2 million in funding to hundreds of organizations in 47 communities where GM employees live and work.

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.

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