Organizations Selected for WRTA’s Holiday Lights Campaign

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Twelve local organizations have been chosen from more than 90 nominations to be featured during the Western Reserve Transit Authority’s fourth annual Holiday Lights campaign.

Nonprofit organizations, public agencies and private companies that include charitable giving, volunteering and other good works as part of their culture were eligible for nomination.

The 12 organizations chosen by the selection committee are Action Mahoning Valley Mobile Truck, Amya Marie Foundation, Dorothy Day House, Healthy Hearts & Paws, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Moab House, Persayus Way Project, Senior Support Action Group, Angels for Animals, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Thrive Mahoning Valley and Veterans’ Outreach.

“I don’t think most people realize what a good and giving community we live in,” said Dean Harris, executive director of the WRTA. “When you travel the county like we do most days, you see the need out there. But you also see how the nonprofits and social agencies in the Valley respond to that need. The Holiday Lights campaign is just WRTA’s way of highlighting the good work they do.”

The organizations will be honored at a kickoff event at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at Concept Studio, 217 W. Federal St. They will also be featured on television, social media and signs on WRTA buses through the end of the year. 

The organizations will also be entered into two drawings for marketing campaigns provided by sponsors. One will receive a $4,000 social media campaign donated by BOP Social, and another will receive a $3,000 television advertising campaign donated by WKBN-TV 27.

The co-chairs of the 2023 Holiday Lights selection committee, who will also introduce the organizations at the Nov. 15 event, are Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Shari Harrell, president of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; and Vince Brancaccio, CEO of Help Network of Northeast Ohio.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.