PNC Gives $34,000 to Local Education Initiatives

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – PNC has donated a total of $30,000 to six local nonprofits as part of its Grow Up Great program supporting early-childhood education, as well as $4,000 to a job training program.

“2020 has been a challenging year for many schools, students and their parents, so we all have to come together as a community to provide the support needed to help them succeed,” said Ted Schmidt, PNC regional president of Youngstown, in a statement. “PNC remains committed to helping our smallest residents by funding meaningful and impactful programs that will help them excel in school and in life.”

Alta Care Group received $6,000 for its Pre-School Upstream Program, a home-based literacy and social skills initiative that aims to help parents nurture their child’s social, emotional, behavioral health and literacy development to  prepare them for preschool.

Also receiving $6,000 grants were Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology for the Wow on Wheels preschool outreach program and Akron Children’s Hospital for its Reach Out and Read program, which will give free books to about 8,000 kids.

Trumbull Art Gallery received $5,000 to support a partnership between the arts organization and Warren City Schools that will introduce preschool students to new art experiences, as well as an art-based learning program in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Any Given Child initiative.

The Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known as the Fairhaven Foundation, received $4,000 to build a library of at least 100 books.

And YWCA Mahoning Valley received $3,000 to support its Discovery Place preschool program.

In addition, PNC’s Community Development Banking Group donated $4,000 to Heart Reach Neighborhood Ministries for its Ready4Work program, which provides job and work readiness training to 40 students from low-income homes.

The grants follow a $25,000 donation made to United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley for its Success By 6 program earlier this year.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.