Trumbull County United Way Launches 2015 Campaign

WARREN, Ohio – United Way of Trumbull County kicked off its 2015 campaign Wednesday at the Ernie Hall Museum here with the presentation of a big check from workers at the General Motors Lordstown Complex and a day of community service.

The campaign has set a fundraising goal of $920,000.

During the kick-off breakfast, representatives from GM presented a check for $121,726 then surprised United Way staff and volunteers by announcing $16,000 would be added to the total thanks to a grant from the General Motors Foundation.

To further support the campaign, auto dealer Greg Greenwood and his Greenwood Chevrolet team are offering a lease on a 2015 Chevy Colorado or a $15,000 cash option.

Mike Buzulencia, secretary of the United Way of Trumbull County board of directors, reported $180,466 was raised before the event through the 39 Pacesetter companies and others who have completed their workplace campaigns.

Members of the campaign leadership team are Jody Stringer, business manager for Local 935 of the Laborers Union; John Walsh, CEO of Trumbull Memorial Hospital; Julie Vugrinovich with Howard Hanna Real Estate; Jim Whetstone, 2013 campaign chairman and owner of Warren Toyota; and John Taylor of Paige & Byrnes Insurance.

Following the breakfast, some 100 volunteers from 12 area businesses and organizations fanned out into the community to provide yard maintenance for seniors. Through a partnership with District 11 of the Area Agency on Aging and the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, services were provided to seniors who are unable to do outside maintenance on their homes. In addition, volunteers from the American Red Cross installed smoke detectors inside the homes.

Pictured: Robert Morales, president of Local 1714 of the United Auto Workers, John Walsh, CEO of Trumbull Memorial Hospital and vice chair of the United Way of Trumbull County; Karen Eusanio, Local 1112 Community Services Committee; Tim O’Hara, Local 1112 vice president; and Steve Notar Donato, GM Lordstown plant manager. 

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