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The Brightside Project, a faith-based 501c3 non-profit organization, was launched in 2016 by a father-daughter team, Scott Lewis and Lisa Wallace. With over 2 decades combined of experience working with low-income and underserved families they decided to launch a non-profit that would reach out directly to children. Children in Columbiana County and surrounding communities in Northeast Ohio are hurting. They are struggling to see a bright future as they battle against hunger, poverty, drug abuse, neglect and complex emotional and mental health issues. The Brightside Project was launched to meet the needs of these children. We know that they have basic needs that need met with food and personal care items. We know they have social emotional needs that can be met through mentorship, friendship and love. We know that these children experience dark moments in life but even in the darkest times we can show them there is a brightside.

Nonprofit Helps Salem See the ‘Brightside’


By Mike MoliternoSALEM, Ohio -- Once a month a line of people can be seen stretching down the sidewalk of Broadway Avenue in Salem and around the corner. Whether it’s raining or snowing, hot or cold, it doesn’t matter. Families by the dozens wait patiently for their turns to go inside The Brightside Project. For the children, the event is easily the highlight of their day, perhaps even their week or month. “When they come here they feel safe. It’s...

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