Stepping Up: Lawrence United Way, JAC, Oh Wow!

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 have been posted all this week and will continue to be posted during the crisis.

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United Way of Lawrence County

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – United Way of Lawrence County has launched its COVID-19 fund community nonprofits that are responding to the increased needs of citizens during the virus outbreak.

The first donation, totaling $5,000, came from the Lawrence County Commissioners.

“The Coronavirus is not just a health threat, but an economic one as well. The shelter in place precaution mandated by Gov. Tom Wolf and the CDC best practices and social distancing, have disrupted our lives in serious ways,” says President Terri Stamba. “The United Way in collaboration with the board of directors recognized the need to act swiftly and strategically to provide a collective community fund as we prepare for short-term and long-term impact on our local community.”

Forty-two percent of Lawrence County residents live in poverty or are considered asset limited, income constrained employed. Those in need of assistance can call 211 or text their ZIP code to 898-211. Operators are working remotely but can direct people to the agencies and programs that are best able to help.

JAC Management

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In a show of solidarity with health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic, JAC Management Group has lit Huntington Bank Community Alley under the Market Street bridge blue.

“The unselfishness of the health-care workers showing day after day to battle this viruses so inspiring,” says JAC President Eric Ryan. “On behalf of the city of Youngstown and the entire Mahoning Valley, we would like to show our sincere gratitude by shining our lights blue.”

Penn State Shenango 

SHARON, Pa. – Penn State Shenango will host its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream May 9. The ceremony will recognize all Penn State undergraduate students.

Through it’s Penn State Extension program, the university system is also offering its library of online courses for free through the end of the month.

Oh Wow!

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology has revamped its website and includes more resources for families, educators and community partners.

The museum in downtown Youngstown has also expanded its presence on social media and offers activity kits for families without internet access.

The home experiments offered by Oh Wow use easily found material such as Kleenex and toilet paper. Families can send videos of their experiments to

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