Stepping Up: American Family Insurance, Junior League, MVHS

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Business Journal is asking companies and organizations to tell us how they are faring and what they are doing to help others through this pandemic crisis.

We call this series “Stepping Up.” Segments will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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American Family Insurance 

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Over the past month, staff at the Monica Hoskins Agency of American Family Insurance, with offices in Boardman and Lyndhusrt, have been working to support local restaurants.

The five-employee agency has ordered from 24 locally owned restaurants since the state order barring dine-in service took effect. And, to drive more business, the offices are doing gift card giveaways via the agency’s Facebook page.

“We truly are in this together and without each others help, we’ll all suffer. Most smaller restaurant businesses are down to the owner and one maybe two employees working,” says owner Monica Hoskins. “I watched businesses literally close overnight in 2008, and I’m hoping not to see that happen again. So this time, we’re trying to reach out and help in what little way we can.” 

On Friday, $40 gift cards for Mahoning Valley restaurants will be given away hourly. Gift cards for restaurants near the Lyndhurst office will be given away May 1.

To enter, visitors to the Monica Hoskins Agency Facebook page can like the page and share the gift card post. Each share will result in one entry.

Junior League of the Mahoning Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A $1,500 donation from Junior League of the Mahoning Valley to Second Harvest Food Bank will support the organization’s work in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

“The membership of the Junior League, which has a long history of civic leadership, wanted to make a donation that would impact a great many in the area. Second Harvest will be able to provide six meals with each dollar contributed totaling 9,000 meals. We are pleased that we can help in these difficult times”, says President Theresa Dellick.

The donation will be split evenly between the three counties. 

Mahoning Valley Historical Society

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Historical Society is announcing new, online teaching tools: Did You Know? Home Projects. 

This series of downloadable files are available at The society plans to add more, says Traci Manning, curator of education. 

“In an effort to keep history alive outside of classroom and museum walls, we would like to offer online access to these educational resources. The lessons focus on local history and each feature one or more themed activities to continue the learning,” she says.

While many historical organizations offer relevant educational tools this way  – Mahoning Valley Historical Society also provides a recommended list of sources – the historical society has created a series of activities, marked with age appropriateness, to complement information about various people, places, and events connected to the Mahoning Valley.  

MVHS hopes to resume its education and outreach programs, Manning says, such as its Suitcase & Speaking Presentations, Learning Kits and Bites and Bits of History, when nonessential organizations are allowed to reopen. 

“We will be ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment when that time comes for the community’s re-emergence,” she says. “Until that time, the Did You Know? Home Projects offer an additional educational resource that is unique to this area.” 

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